• Short Summary

    COMMONWEALTH ARMY ENGINEERS WORKING ON A STRATEGIC AIRSTRIP AT MUKDHARN, NORTHEAST OF THAILAND, HAD THEIR WATER PROBLEM SOLVED BY AN AUSTRALIAN ARMY ENGINEERS.

  • Description

    COMMONWEALTH ARMY ENGINEERS WORKING ON A STRATEGIC AIRSTRIP AT MUKDHARN, NORTHEAST OF THAILAND, HAD THEIR WATER PROBLEM SOLVED BY AN AUSTRALIAN ARMY ENGINEERS.

    HE IS 30-YEAR-OLD LANCE-CORPORAL JOHN ARMITAGE OF QUEENSLAND, WHO LEARNED WATER DIVINING AT HIS FATHER'S FORMER FARM AT BOONOOROO, QUEENSLAND, 13 YEARS AGO. HE FOUND TWO WATER WELLS.

    A TEAM OF WORKMEN FROM THE THAI DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES HAD FAILED TO FIND WATER WELLS IN THE AREA FOR THE COMMONWEALTH TROOPS.

    NOW, BOTH THE TROOPS AND THE VILLAGERS HAVE A REASONABLE SUPPLY OF WATER. THE AREA IS BEING SEARCHED FOR MORE WATER. THE TROOPS HAVE BUILT A HUGE TANK TO STORE THE WATER.

    BEFORE THE TWO WELLS WERE FOUND, THEY HAD TO FETCH WATER FROM A NEARBY VILLAGE WELL WHICH TOOK TWO GIRLS ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO PUMP A BUCKET OF WATER.

    WHEN THE TROOPS LEAVE THE VILLAGE AFTER COMPLETING THE SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND-POUND STERLING AIRSTRIP AT THE END OF MARCH, NEXT YEAR, THEY WILL LEAVE THE DIESEL-DRIVEN PUMP BEHIND FOR THE VILLAGERS' USE.

    BRITAIN IS BUILDING THE AIRSTRIP NEAR THE LAOTIAN BORDER AS PART OF THE SOUTH-EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION AID TO THAILAND.

    WORKING ON THE PROJECT, AT TIMES IN TEMPERATURES OF OVER 100 DEGREES, ARE 625 BRITISH, 50 AUSTRALIAN AND 33 NEW ZEALAND ARMY ENGINEERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACQJ1X6ZC3937RUJM6C8ICQN03
    Media URN:
    VLVACQJ1X6ZC3937RUJM6C8ICQN03
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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