• Short Summary

    SURPLUS AMERICAN WHEAT HAS BEGUN ARRIVING IN THE INDIAN STATE OF RAJASTHAN, WHERE HALF-A-MILLION PEOPLE ARE THREATENED WITH STARVATION.

  • Description

    SURPLUS AMERICAN WHEAT HAS BEGUN ARRIVING IN THE INDIAN STATE OF RAJASTHAN, WHERE HALF-A-MILLION PEOPLE ARE THREATENED WITH STARVATION. STATE AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENT APPEALED FOR HELP AFTER INADEQUATE MONSOON RAINS AND A SPELL OF UNUSUALLY COLD WEATHER, PRODUCED THE WORST WINTER CROP FAILURE IN 25 YEARS.

    EMACIATED CATTLE GRAZE STUBBLED DROUGHT-STRICKEN FIELDS, AND 3-MILLION HEAD OF LIVESTOCK FACE DEATH UNLESS FODDER ARRIVES SOON. PEOPLE WALK 15 MILES FOR WATER IN THIS REGION EVEN UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS, BECAUSE THE SUB-SURFACE WATER IS TOO SALTY EVEN FOR CATTLE. THEY COLLECT AS MUCH RAIN WATER AS POSSIBLE IN OPEN TANKS FOR DRINKING PURPOSES, BUT WHEN THE RAINS FAIL, THEY ARE DEPENDENT ON WATER BROUGHT BY CAMEL CARAVANS.

    CAMELS RUN A CONSTANT SHUTTLE SERVICE BRINGING WATER OVER LONG DISTANCES, OFTEN FROM STREAMS THAT ARE POLLUTED. ONLY THE MONSOON, STILL FIVE MONTHS AWAY, PROVIDES ANY HOPE OF WIDESPREAD RELIEF. THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONSCRIPTED SOME 100,000 PEOPLE TO WORK ON ROAD AND WATER PROJECTS. THE LABOURERS RECEIVE 40 PER CENT OF THEIR WAGES IN MONEY FORM; THE OTHER 60 PER CENT IS PAID IN WHEAT-FLOUR FROM THE UNITED STATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAQTIWP9X1IAHPVJBDQS26EMNV
    Media URN:
    VLVAAQTIWP9X1IAHPVJBDQS26EMNV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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