• Short Summary

    British Royal Air Force Hercules planes have begun a massive operation to drop food-grain to areas hit by what is being officially described as the worst food crisis in Nepal's history.

  • Description

    British Royal Air Force Hercules planes have begun a massive operation to drop food-grain to areas hit by what is being officially described as the worst food crisis in Nepal's history.

    The airlift which began on 3 March, is expected to continue for two months.

    About 2,500 tons of food-grains will be dropped in the mountainous areas of western Nepal, where a quarter of the country's population has been facing an acute food shortage for many months because of the failure of three consecutive crops.

    When in full swing, four Hercules aircraft will be in operation at any one time, with 90 per cent of the flights starting from Bhairawa and Biratnagar.

    SYNOPSIS: British Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft have been Prassed into service to begin a massive operation to drop supplies to the famine-hit area of western Nepal.

    The Nepalese Minister for Agriculture -- second from the left -- was among the officials overseeing the operation.

    The famine is being described by the government as the worst food crisis in Nepal's history.

    When in full swing, four Hercules aircraft are in operation at one time, with ninety per cent of the flights taking off from either Bhairawa or Biratnagar for the mountainous north-western region.

    Because of the severity of the famine, transportation of supplies by mules... the Nepalese Government's original idea... was made impractical. Bulk transportation was required.

    Over two-thousand five-hundred tons of food supplies will be needed to alleviate the famine in the area. This region has been facing an acute food shortage caused by three consecutive crop failures.

    The relief missions are expected to last for mover two months, involving twenty-five flight crews and two hundred local workers.

    The mountainous terrain presents a problem for the airlift. Whenever practical, the Hercules aircraft will make a low level run... and then drop the supplies on level ground.

    The air drop, according to the Nepalese government, has a dual purpose... to meet the immediate needs of the people, and to build up a buffer stock in the remote areas to meet any future shortage.

    When the terrain is too mountainous for low-level flying, supplies are dropped by parachute -- a less accurate form of getting the supplies in.

    Abut thirty-five tons of supplies were dropped on the first day of the airlift. Over two thousand more tons are expected to be airlifted before the end of April.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB5WRX5PV51RYX3ADZ666UH1LK
    Media URN:
    VLVAB5WRX5PV51RYX3ADZ666UH1LK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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