• Short Summary

    The spectre of disastrous food riots is looming in the Indian state of West Bengal this month, as thousands of destitute labourers and refugees crowd into towns -- searching for food supplies that have already run out in the countryside.

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    GV People marching through street with banners (5 shots)
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    SV People waiting to be innoculated
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    CU Woman and child receiving innoculations (2 shots)
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    SV Clothing being handed out
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    CU Woman and child beiing innoculated
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    SV People waiting for food
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    SV Food being dished out to children
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    SV Clothing being given out (3 shots)
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    Initials ET/1902 ET/1918



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The spectre of disastrous food riots is looming in the Indian state of West Bengal this month, as thousands of destitute labourers and refugees crowd into towns -- searching for food supplies that have already run out in the countryside.

    To some extent, this annual invasion of the towns is an annual feature preceding the harvest during November and December. But this year, numbers are reported higher than ever. And food supplies are lower.

    Floods and drought are also an annual feature of the West Bengal scene. The almost total failure of the monsoon in August throughout India has made the food situation critical.

    But West Bengal has been reported as the hardest hit state. There, the drought was followed by floods which caused further havoc with crops.

    At the beginning of the month, the West Bengal Government announced that 15 million people in the state were either starving or living on one meal a day.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABH14KK8DQGKD8CWO5OENL4VSJ
    Media URN:
    VLVABH14KK8DQGKD8CWO5OENL4VSJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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