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.
LV PAN R.A.AF Hercules landing
LV Control tower TILT DOWN TO SV PAN Local people watching activity
GV Hercules being guided in on runway
MV TILT DOWN Another hercules being unloaded
MV Supplies taken away from Hercules by tractor
MV PAN Hercules taking off (2 shots)
MV R.A.F. workers loading grain-sacks to transport boards (3 shots)
GV & MV PAN Local workers loading grain sacks
CU Sign on R.A.F. tent 'Regents Street' ZOOM OUT TO R.A.F. new arrivals
CU Sign 'Cookhouse' & MVs Mealtime activity & GV PAN of some (4 shots)
MV NIGHT SHOT & GVs & GV PAN Grain-loading continues (4 shots)
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Background: 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.