• Short Summary

    The distribution of food and medical supplies to victims of the disastrous floods in Ceylon is continuing.

  • Description

    Travel shot flooded countryside
    4 ft

    LS floods by buildings
    6 ft

    LS flooded church
    8 1/2 ft

    Flooded atap huts
    11 ft

    Flood water
    14 ft

    Air Ceylon plane on tarmac
    16 ft

    Sign "Food Parcels"
    18 ft

    Troops loading aircraft
    21 ft

    LS " " "
    24 ft

    CU " " "
    26 ft

    Canadian plane
    28 ft

    CU loading
    30 1/2 ft

    Plane taking off
    34 ft

    Aerial view of floods
    36 ft

    Aerial view of flooded villages
    41 ft

    Plane on ground - people in foreground
    43 ft

    High angle crowd
    45 ft

    CU People
    46 ft

    CU Ceylonese
    47 ft

    CU food off plane
    49 ft

    Man building shelter
    51 ft

    CU Man tying poles
    53 ft

    2 men " "
    54 1/2 ft

    People in water
    57 ft

    Buffalo pulling covered waggon through water
    59 1/2 ft


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The distribution of food and medical supplies to victims of the disastrous floods in Ceylon is continuing. The latest country to send help is Communist China, which has made a gift of fifteen thousand pounds to the Ceylon Government. Latest reports indicate that Ceylon is now slowly emerging from one of the worst natural disasters in her history. This film shows the flooded countryside in the Puttlam area in north-west Ceylon. Steady rain had fallen around here for forty days, culminating in the floods which caused such widespread damage and destruction. The Prime Minister of Ceylon, Mr. Bandanaraike, appealed for help from overseas countries. Another step was the cancellation of overseas flights by Air Ceylon, whose planes were, instead, used to fly food and medicine to stricken areas.

    Troops of the Ceylon Army were called in to help load the aircraft. The Indian Air Force flew transport aircraft to Ceylon as quickly as possible. India also sent two helicopters. Other aircraft were sent by the Canadian Government -- this is one of the Canadian planes.

    From the airport at Colombo, the rescue planes were flown to Galoya, Anuradhapura, Mineriya and Jaffna, which were the most affected areas in the north-west. The flood waters stretched for miles in an unbroken sheet over what had once been green and fertile country. The planes landed on an airstrip in the Puttlam area which had been built for the Royal Air Force during the war.

    Now the work of reconstruction is going on. Here, Singhalese are building temporary shelters for people whose homes were washed away in the worst floods in Ceylon in living memory.

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