After almost two weeks of relative inactivity, the flow of refugees out of East Pakistan has begun anew.
MV Refugees along road.
Refugees build homes (3 shots)
SV Thatched hut
MCU Family shelter in but (3 shots)
CU Man puts bark on roof.
BV Refugees walk to broader market
MV PAN Seated refugees
CU Man making cigarettes
MCU Small child being washed
CU Man being shaved Refugees walk
Refugees walk through border village (2 shots)
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Background: After almost two weeks of relative inactivity, the flow of refugees out of East Pakistan has begun anew. The exodus was spurred apparently by reports that cholera epidemic, which has taken more than five-thousand lives, has been contained.
Approximately 20,000 refugees from the Jessore district have entered India since the weekend--well below the 100,000 a day who were streaming across the frontier last month.
The new immigrants, however, are not taking any chances concerning cholera and other diseases. They are avoiding the normal refugee camps and are building their now shelters on roadsides away from populated areas.
SYNOPSIS: After a twelve day lull in the exodus of refugees from East Pakistan into India's West Bengal border areas, a new wave has begun. Approximately twenty thousand people from the Jessore district of East Pakistan have crossed the border since the weekend.
It is believed that this fresh influx is due to reports that the cholera threat has been contained. Apparently, columns of refugees were waiting on the other side of the border until news of the improved health situation filtered through. But these latest arrivals are not going into established refugee camps. Aware that a cholera threat still exists--they are building their own shelters on the roadside away from populated areas.
If the new rate of entry into this area-near the Kapathaki River, ninety miles north east of Calcutta--is maintained, the road from Jessore is likely to become one long avenue of squatter huts. But with no food or money, these people must rely on the established camps for their nourishment. Some of these new arrivals, Hindus, maintain that East Pakistan Moslems threatened to report them to units of the Pakistan Army. They say the Army is trying hard to stem the flow out of the country.