• Short Summary

    Violent storms and tornadoes, lashing towns and villages in Bangladesh last week (April 1-5) killed at least 85 people, injured four-thousand, and piled massive new problems onto the State already beset by grave poverty, hunger and health problems.

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    Violent storms and tornadoes, lashing towns and villages in Bangladesh last week (April 1-5) killed at least 85 people, injured four-thousand, and piled massive new problems onto the State already beset by grave poverty, hunger and health problems.

    The storms struck Dacca and the Mymensingh area, about 80 miles north of the capital. Life in the capital was paralysed by disruption of electricity supplies, houses destroyed and standing crops spoiled.

    In the Mymensingh area about 50-thousand people were left homeless. The Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, toured the area and sanctioned immediate relief of 500,000 rupees (26-thousand, five-hundred pounds sterling).

    The Natural disasters have struck Bangladesh at a time when Sheikh Mujib already has to contend with food shortages, transportation problems, armed rival factions, war criminals and disease.

    Editors please note this film carries natural sound throughout, under a voiced commentary, and includes an interview with Sheikh Mujib in the Mymemsingh area. An alternative written commentary is also supplied.

    SYNOPSIS: In Bangladesh fierce storms last week killed scores of people, injured thousands, and left tens of thousands homeless. The new country's Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman visited the Mymensingh area, eighty miles north of the capital Dacca, to comfort and encourage the victims of the disaster. Despite his country's troubles the Sheikh spoke confidently.

    Despite his confidence, Sheikh Mujib faces enormous problems in running this new country of nearly 79-million people. People have set all their hopes on him. They look to him for answers to the vast problems of food shortage, poverty, communications difficulties, and disease; and an end to the rivalries of armed factions....
    Now the tornadoes and violent rainstorms have added colossal new problems to the State of Bangladesh. At least forty-five people were killed in this area at the beginning of April--locals say: two-hundred. About ten-thousand huts were washed away...some fifty-thousand people left homeless...

    Relief work starts quickly--natural disasters are not infrequent in this part of the country.

    In Dacca, the capital, another storm struck during the week...Winds of 78 miles an hour and heavy rain paralysed life in the city--disrupting electricity supplies and telephones, destroying hundreds of thatch and mud houses, and causing damage to standing crops estimated at three-hundred-and-fifty-thousand rupees--more than 18-thousand pounds.

    The corrugated iron roof was whipped off a school.....

    A mosque was his--and the sacred books of the Koran have to be dried out in the sun...

    The district mayor's hut was wrecked...

    The Bangladesh Government has promised that no matter What the problems nobody will be allowed to die of hunger. But the people are asked to show patience. "God is testing our forbearance"--they are told--"through this violence of Nature's forces."

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    Film ID:
    VLVACCHYMIZ0OGCOYW79TFNKL10WC
    Media URN:
    VLVACCHYMIZ0OGCOYW79TFNKL10WC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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