A massive airdrop of food has begun in Bangladesh during the past week to feed millions who are reportedly facing starvation.
GV Hercules aircraft on tarmac
SV Ditto with sign "Foundation for Airborne Relief"
GV Inflatable warehouse on tarmac
SCU Mr. Russell O'Quinn with officials
GV Warehouse being inflated (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Tail of aircraft to bags of rice being loaded onto Hercules (3 shots)
SV Pilot at controls during flight (2 shots)
SV Rice bags dropped from tail of Hercules
AV Paddy fields
SV More rice bags drop into paddy fields
SV Hercules flies low overhead
SV Ground controller with backpack radio
GV Hercules towards camera and drops rice bags
GV Rice bags lying on ground.
CU Bangladesh soldiers guarding drop zone
GV Officials collect rice bags
GV Lorry waiting to load rice bags
SV Hercules drops another load of rice bags
GV People picking up rice bags and stacking them (3 shots)
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Background: A massive airdrop of food has begun in Bangladesh during the past week to feed millions who are reportedly facing starvation.
A former American test pilot, Mr. Russell O'Quinn, is the driving force behind the relief operation which is expected to cost about three-million dollars (GBP1.2-million sterling).
Under the banner of the Foundation for Airborne Relief, Mr. O'Quinn has lined up three giant Hercules cargo aircraft. In full swing, it's hoped the operation will be able to drop about seven-million pounds weight of food each week.
Mr. O'Quinn says he believes thirty-million people in various parts of war-ravaged Bangladesh face starvation during the monsoon season this year.
The United Nations Relief Operation in Dacca (UNROD) and the Bangladesh Government are co-operating in the air drop.
The operation takes on greater significance because of the inability of the present internal transport systems to move stockpiles of food and relief supplies, already inside Bangladesh, to the outlying areas.
SYNOPSIS: This drop was the first to be made. But after two low-level passes the operation had to be stopped because the rice was dropped into flooded paddy fields. And with days of heavy rain in northern parts of the country, floods are going to present a major headache for ground controllers of the operation.
Latest reports on the floods show that nearly a million people are marooned in the Rangpur district in the north of the country. Communications are cut and plans being made for a drop of relief supplies in that area.
Bangladesh soldiers guard the food once the drops have been made. The total cost of the operation to the Foundation for Airborne Relief will be about three-million dollars. Co-operation is being given by both the Bangladesh Government and by the United Nations Relief Operation in Dacca. During the next few months, the airlift could prove vital to the survival of several million people.