Britain's mercy task force in the Bay of Bengal yesterday (Tuesday) started air-lifting emergency supplies to survivors of the East Pakistan tidal wave disaster.
AERIAL VIEW Bay of Bengal and helicopter in flight
SV&CU Brigadier Ovens in helicopter
AERIAL VIEW HMS Hydra
CU Helicopter crew
AERIAL VIEW Helicopter approaches HMS Intrepid (4 shots)
SV&CU Brigadier Ovens out of helicopter and onto Intrepid (3 shots)
SV Helicopters on Intrepid
SCU brigadier Ovens with Commander Napper on bridge
LV&SV Landing craft approach Intrepid and tie up (4 shots)
LV HMS Triumph
SV&CU Rice loaded onto helicopter
LV Helicopter takes off with rice
AERIAL VIEW Flooded area
LV Helicopter over Rangabali Island (2 shots)
LV&CU Villagers assembled (5 shots)
CU Rice thrown from helicopter, villagers run forward to collect
SV Helicopter takes off as villagers collect rice
AERIAL VIEW Villagers watch as helicopter leaves
Initials AH/MR/MH/1632 AH/MR/MH/1716
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Background: Britain's mercy task force in the Bay of Bengal yesterday (Tuesday) started air-lifting emergency supplies to survivors of the East Pakistan tidal wave disaster. Task force commander Brigadier Pat Ovens flew over the area, then directed the mercy mission of eight helicopters and nearly a hundred landing craft.
Relief operations are based on the 11,000 ton assault ship Intrepid and the converted aircraft carrier Triumph.
A top priority target for the landing craft was Patuakhali, one of the worst hit areas in the zone devastated by cyclone and tidal wave 11 days earlier.
Besides emergency food supplies, the task forces is rushing kits and powder for purifying water to the disaster area. Vehicles, trailers and heavy earth-moving equipment will follow.
As the official death toll from the disaster mounts towards 200,000, the British will be co-ordinating their efforts in the south and west of the stricken area with the American relief force in the north and east. French and German helicopters are also moving into the area.