Twenty-six tons of anti-cholera vaccine was flown out of Britain on Sunday to the desperate thousands of East Pakistani refugees suffering from the cholera epidemic in India.
GV INT. Warehouse at Thetford, U.K.
SV PAN vaccine in boxes.
SV Supplies being taken from factory and placed on lorries.
LV Aircraft at Gatwick Airport.
GV & SV Supplies being loaded onto aircraft.
SV & CU Supplies being packed inside aircraft (2 shots)
Initials VS/1.24 VS/1.32
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Background: Twenty-six tons of anti-cholera vaccine was flown out of Britain on Sunday to the desperate thousands of East Pakistani refugees suffering from the cholera epidemic in India.
The departure of the particular consignment shown in this film was made possible by the efforts of a drug firm's employees who had worked all night to despatch the shipment. The freighter which carried it was specially chartered by a charity in Kent.
The cholera death toll in the Nadia district of West Bengal, north of Calcutta, was reported on Sunday to have risen to more than three thousand, and obviously the efforts of super-powers are needed to deal with the epidemic and the general problem of the refugees sheltered at present by India.
U.S. officials said on Sunday they were anxious to move ahead with relief efforts in East Pakistan, but were powerless to act until arrangements are made with the Pakistan Government on how to get food and supplies into the region.
The problem is easier with refugees who fled across the border into India. The U.S. Government has so far announced a contribution of 2 1/2 million dollars (one million Sterling), and further donations are expected shortly.
In addition, the U.S. is sending four large military transport aircraft to the border zone of India to help in moving refugees to areas where there are more facilities and supplies.