In Bangladesh, a massive international relief operation seems to have averted starvation that threatened millions of people affected by the country's worst drought in forty years.
CU Landless peasants working in field and removing earth in baskets (4 shots)
GV Man carrying sacks of grain through field
SV Column of bullocks towing carts carrying wheat in sacks (2 shots)
CU Children outside relief centre
SV PAN ALONG Queue of women; CU small child (2 shots)
CU Relief workers weighing up wheat on balance and handing wheat out
SV PAN ALONG Long queue waiting to receive wheat
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Background: In Bangladesh, a massive international relief operation seems to have averted starvation that threatened millions of people affected by the country's worst drought in forty years.
SYNOPSIS: The worst of the drought centred upon one thousand square miles (2560 square kilometres) in the north west of the country. Here, ??? Bangladesh government has ??? a 'food for work' ??? designed to help landless peasants, the people who've been the hardest hit by the drought.
Five years ago, nearly seven thousand people starved to death in a famine. This time, the figure is reported to be under a hundred...international aid organisations have provided almost two million tonnes of food grain. It has been sent in over four months, since the first signs of famine were reported in july
The food has been distributed, with help from local people and international agencies, in villages in the famine areas. Each day queues, usually of women and children, form to receive an allowance of about one pound (half a kilogramme) per person. According to observers the aid programme seems to have reached almost all the people affected by the drought, and, though more people are likely to die, the number of deaths has been appreciably checked. It is estimated that almost a third of the country's arable land was turned into waste ground by the drought; in a country where more than two thirds of the eighty million population work in agriculture.