• Short Summary

    Flood waters started recede in most parts of Bangladesh on Wednesday (14 August) revealing the extent of the disaster which has cost more than 2.500 lives and spread chaos and disease.

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    Flood waters started recede in most parts of Bangladesh on Wednesday (14 August) revealing the extent of the disaster which has cost more than 2.500 lives and spread chaos and disease.

    The capital, Dacca, and the districts of Kushtia and Faridpur remained in the grip of floods. Dacca's main commercial area was under water and small boats were being used for transport on main roads.

    Road links between Dacca and others parts of the country were partially re-opened. But vehicles had to plough through feet of water.

    The Brahmaputra river -- which carried much of the floodwater down from Assam in India -- was reported to be still la raging current, although an emergency ferry service was started at one point. Travellers reported that most ferry stations were floating like drifting boats on an ocean.

    Twenty five thousand people were repented to be trapped on an isolated patch of high ground near the river port of Chandpur. ???lief officials and rescue teams were trying to each the victims by boat.

    Meanwhile West European relief organisations were gathering medical supplies including anti-cholera vaccine at a collecting point established in Copenhagen.

    The Bangladesh Planning commission said the floods destroyed more than 400,000 houses an washed away at least 800 miles (1,300 kilometres) of roads. The Commission sid the country had lost 1.1 million tons of foodgrain and would probably lose nearly half of the expected jute crop.

    The Commission estimated that the floods affected 36 million people -- half the country's population -- and an estimated 20,000 square miles (51,000 square kilometres).

    In Dacca, 200,000 people had been vaccinated the previous weak. But relief spokesmen said this was not enough if the city was to be kept free of epidemics.

    SYNOPSIS: Flood-waters started to recede in most parts of Bangladesh on Wednesday revealing the full extent of the disaster which has cost thousands of lives and spread chaos and disease. The capital, Dacca, and the neighbouring districts of Kushtia and Faridpur remained in the grip of floods. Dacca's main commercial centre was under water and small boats were being used for transport on main roads.

    The Bangladesh Planning Commission estimated that the flood had covered some twenty thousand square miles. The Commission said half the population -- thirty six million people -- had been affected Some two and a half thousand people had died -- either in the floods or from outbreaks of cholera.

    The Planning Commission estimated that more than four hundred thousand homes and at least eight hundred miles of road had been washed away. The Brahmaputra river -- which carried much of the floodwater from Assam in India -- was still a raging torrent.

    as the floodwaters began to sink, millions of people across the country were stranded -- huddled on islands of high ground, virtually without food. The Planning Commission said a million tons of foodgrain had been ??? in the floods and floods was in ??? short supply.

    However, relief supplies were pouring into the country from Copenhagen, where a special relief aid centre was set up for western donor nations. Tons of medical supplies were also being flown in to help check outbreaks of cholera and other epidemics.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACY540O84ON2XZW1UBI0TWTJKO
    Media URN:
    VLVACY540O84ON2XZW1UBI0TWTJKO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
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    N/A

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