• Short Summary

    Four Hercules transport aircraft of the British Royal Air Force have begun two months of operations to drop 2,500 tons of food in remote Himalayan valleys where there are near famine conditions.

  • Description

    Four Hercules transport aircraft of the British Royal Air Force have begun two months of operations to drop 2,500 tons of food in remote Himalayan valleys where there are near famine conditions.

    A quarter of Nepal's 11 million people have been facing acute food shortage for several month after the failure of three consecutive harvests.

    The Agriculture Ministry in Katmandu says it is the biggest food crisis Nepal has had to face in its history.

    Two monsoons failed after a year of floods. Nepal has litter provision for storing grain and usually relies on imports from India. But india also has experienced a drought.

    The Nepalese Government transported some grain to the affected hilly areas of northeast and northwest Nepal by mule, but it was not enough to help the problem.

    Katmandu authorities approached the British Government, which readily agreed to provide aircraft for the mercy mission.

    The shortage of grain is being relieved by the Untied Stages, Canada and the World Food Programme.

    Aircraft, shown in this official Ministry of Defence film, are operating from Ghairawa to the Northwestern hills, home of the Gurkhas, who for many con???rations have supplied troops to the British and Indian armies.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF4EMBZXT7WNBOD0ED4KAEN5BT
    Media URN:
    VLVAF4EMBZXT7WNBOD0ED4KAEN5BT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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