• Short Summary

    WIDESPREAD FLOODING HAS HIT WEST BENGAL AFTER THE HEAVIEST RAIN IN 50 YEARS. IT LEFT?

  • Description

    WIDESPREAD FLOODING HAS HIT WEST BENGAL AFTER THE HEAVIEST RAIN IN 50 YEARS. IT LEFT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE MAROONED, LARGE AREAS INUNDATED AND 100,000 ACRES OF STANDING CROPS THREATENED. RELIEF AND RESCUE OPERATIONS BEGAN AS SOON AS THE RAINS EASED AND SOME 2,000 PEOPLE WERE RESCUED.

    EIGHT VILLAGES IN THE KALNA AREAS WERE FLOODED AND ARMY BOATS WERE REQUISITIONED FOR RESCUE OPERATIONS. SUCH WAS THE DEMAND FOR BOATS THAT THE ARMY WAS HARD-PRESSED TO ANSWER ALL REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE.

    MOST OF THOSE RESCUED WERE PLUCKED FROM THE ROOFS OF THEIR FLIMSY HUTS, WHICH WERE EITHER SUBMERGED OR HAD COLLAPSED WHEN THE FLOODWATERS UNDERMINED THEIR FOUNDATIONS.

    UNOFFICIAL ESTIMATES GAVE THE DEATH-TOLL AS MORE THAN 50 BUT THE OFFICIAL COUNT WAS II.

    ROADS WERE CLOSED IN MANY AREAS, WITH BRIDGES COMPLETELY SUBMERGED AND MANY TRAIN SERVICES WERE DISRUPTED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9W1KFISK0PHVTQYKTMTMPCMP0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9W1KFISK0PHVTQYKTMTMPCMP0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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