• Short Summary

    In Bangladesh, millions of flood victims waited in vain on Tuesday (20 August) for urgently-needed supplies of food, as heavy rain grounded relief aircraft and flooded more of the already-saturated country.

  • Description

    In Bangladesh, millions of flood victims waited in vain on Tuesday (20 August) for urgently-needed supplies of food, as heavy rain grounded relief aircraft and flooded more of the already-saturated country.

    Relief agencies reported that the Brahmaputra, Padma and Meghna rivers had again broken their banks, sending thousands of people fleeing yet again in the wake of encroaching floodwaters. The agencies said 2000 square miles (5000 square kilometres) were now under water in the north-western districts of Comilla and Noakhali. Flooding also spread in several south-western areas.

    In the capital, Dacca, floodwaters again covered city streets and disrupted relief supplies. However, some aircraft still managed to land at the airport, among them two United States military planes, with food and blankets.

    Helicopter are being used widely to distribute relief sullies - and the local residents, clustered together on islands in a sea of floodwaters, greet each new flight with great excitement.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman said on Tuesday he was pleased with the response to his Government's plea for aid. The Prime Minister said he was confident the Government could ensure profiteers would not intercept the supplies and sell them on the black market. "They will just be liquidated if they dare," he added.

    The Health Ministry believes it has averted the threat of massive epidemics in the wake of the floods. I says medical teams moving through the country vaccinating people appear to have acted quickly enough to avert the epidemics.

    The Government reports that 10 million people have been affected by the floods - and the moment, food and medicine are the main necessities.

    SYNOPSIS: The floods in poverty-stricken Bangladesh continue to take their toll. On Tuesday, flood-waters covered half the country and the Government estimated ten million people were affected by one of the worst natural disasters in modern history on the sub-continent. This film was shot around the city of Chandpur, once noted for its port. Now, the entire city is a waterway. Roads are inaccessible, and the only feasible means of ground transport is by boat. Some families have managed to cluster together on small islands surrounded by swirling seas of floodwaters.

    Helicopter are indispensable in the massive relief operation, now under way. And their arrival heralds excitement on the islands.

    Initially, the authorities concentrated on getting staple foods - such as bread - to the hungry flood victims. On this occasion, a lone policemen directed the operation. Throughout the stricken area it has been made clear that riots over food will be met with strong Government action.

    In Dacca the Bangladesh capital refugees have move into the city is railway station. To them, the station is home - at least until the floodwaters subside.

    On Tuesday, floodwaters still covered the streets of the capital, and relief work was being disrupted. However, some fights were able to land at the airport - among them two United States military aircraft, carrying food and blankets.

    Apart from food, the Government has appealed for supplies of drugs and medical equipment. However, it was reported on Tuesday that massive post-flood epidemics had been averted by swift and concentrated vaccination campaigns throughout the country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE7R5DDAATTZF4EZ33GAXJCYS9
    Media URN:
    VLVAE7R5DDAATTZF4EZ33GAXJCYS9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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