• Short Summary

    For the first time in many years, large areas of the fertile Mekong delta area of South Vietnam are to be planted with crops.

  • Description

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    SV civilians carry guns across cemetery at Vinh Kanh village
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    2.
    CU PAN from gravestone across graves
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    GV Villagers arriving to start work on canal (3 shots)
    0.51

    4.
    GV Men and women digging canal most using bar hands to clear mud (4 shots)
    1.17

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    SV INTERIOR of group listening to cadre speaking
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    CU Cadre speaking to group
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    CU old man talking under picture of Ho chi Minh.
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    SV Prg militia girls standing guard as Cadre and party leave building.
    1.49



    Initials RH/1815 RH/MF/AW/1845



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: For the first time in many years, large areas of the fertile Mekong delta area of South Vietnam are to be planted with crops.

    In the Binh Dai district, two thirds of the area of about 96 thousand acres (39, 000 hectares) left uncultivated during the war for nearly 16 years, will this year yield its first rice crop.

    The district commissioner, Mr Ngo Van Cuong, said bombing, shelling and defoliation and the lack of irrigation canals had made the land unusable until now.

    Now, between five and 10 thousand people have been working every day, many using nothing but their bare hands, to dig a canal about 10 miles (17 kilometres)long. The canal will remove salt water and bring fresh water into the former waste land.

    The people are trying to complete the canal before April in time to sow young rice plants.

    The Binh Dai district, which is about 40 miles (64 kilometres) south of Saigon, has a population of about 100,000.

    Mr Cuong, said that security had been one hundred percent since the communist takeover, and there had been no reactionary activities in the region.

    People from Saigon, including soldiers under the old regime who have completed re-education courses, are still being resettled in the area.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEUUF9744QT3CHGP8IPTY6PP7U
    Media URN:
    VLVAEUUF9744QT3CHGP8IPTY6PP7U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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