• 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



    Initials



    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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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA493XUMKQKP0YGR47GW03KCQZT
    Media URN:
    VLVA493XUMKQKP0YGR47GW03KCQZT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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