Four United States' Air force transport aircraft are currently airlifting Pakistani refugees from the remote east India territory of Tripura.
SV Batman directs aircraft, Russian-built aircraft in background
CU Unit sign on fuselage
SCU & CU American woman (US Embassy official) talking to crew
GV Crates leaving aircraft on to forklift truck
SV Forklift truck transporting crates (3 shots)
CU Embassy official watches
SV & LV Crates being handled.
GV Jeeps lined up
CU Japanese Red Cross badge in window.
CU Indian Red Cross painted on door
SV PAN Jeeps
Initials BB/2159 JL/PW/BB/2212
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Background: Four United States' Air force transport aircraft are currently airlifting Pakistani refugees from the remote east India territory of Tripura. The airlift began after the arrival of the American 'planes in Calcutta on Thursday (17 June). In addition to medical supplies, the C-130 transport aircraft brought in ten jeeps, a gift from the Japanese Red Cross.
The territory of Tripura, which borders East Pakistan, has an estimated one million refugees. Some of the refugees are being flown from Gauhati, near the border, to Agartala, the Tripura state capital. Indian authorities hope to house many of the refugees in a large camp west of Gauhati. Two Soviet Antonov 12 transport 'planes have also begun moving refugees to a camp in Mana, in central India.
Cholera has broken out in a new area of West Bengal, as a fresh wave of refugees poured across the border into India from East Pakistan. 25,000 refugees fled through one border checkpoint alone on Wednesday (16 June).