British Royal Air Force Hercules planes have begun a massive operation to drop food-grain to areas hit by what is being officially described as the worst food crisis in Nepal's history.
GV PAN FROM Hercules aircraft Bhairawa TO Supplies of grain being handled
SV RAF men handing sacking of grain
SV Nepalese minister of agriculture (2nd from left) watching
CU PAN FROM Master air-dispatcher TO Minister Basnyad
SCU PAN Nepalese people watching
GV Hercules takes off
AIR TO GROUND Flying away from base (2 shots)
CU INT.. Pilot at controls
AERIAL VIEW OF Himalayas
AERIAL VIEW Flying over Himalayas
AIR TO AIR Hercules flying over small town in valley
AERIAL VIEW OVER Terrain
AIR TO AIR Hercules dives to make low-level run
AIR TO AIR Hercules drops grain sacks
CU INT Dispatcher signal for more grain to be dropped as flying over dropping zone
AIR TO AIR Another low level drop
AIR TO GROUND Another drop made by parachute
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Background: British Royal Air Force Hercules planes have begun a massive operation to drop food-grain to areas hit by what is being officially described as the worst food crisis in Nepal's history.
The airlift which began on 3 March, is expected to continue for two months.
About 2,500 tons of food-grains will be dropped in the mountainous areas of western Nepal, where a quarter of the country's population has been facing an acute food shortage for many months because of the failure of three consecutive crops.
When in full swing, four Hercules aircraft will be in operation at any one time, with 90 per cent of the flights starting from Bhairawa and Biratnagar.
SYNOPSIS: British Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft have been Prassed into service to begin a massive operation to drop supplies to the famine-hit area of western Nepal.
The Nepalese Minister for Agriculture -- second from the left -- was among the officials overseeing the operation.
The famine is being described by the government as the worst food crisis in Nepal's history.
When in full swing, four Hercules aircraft are in operation at one time, with ninety per cent of the flights taking off from either Bhairawa or Biratnagar for the mountainous north-western region.
Because of the severity of the famine, transportation of supplies by mules... the Nepalese Government's original idea... was made impractical. Bulk transportation was required.
Over two-thousand five-hundred tons of food supplies will be needed to alleviate the famine in the area. This region has been facing an acute food shortage caused by three consecutive crop failures.
The relief missions are expected to last for mover two months, involving twenty-five flight crews and two hundred local workers.
The mountainous terrain presents a problem for the airlift. Whenever practical, the Hercules aircraft will make a low level run... and then drop the supplies on level ground.
The air drop, according to the Nepalese government, has a dual purpose... to meet the immediate needs of the people, and to build up a buffer stock in the remote areas to meet any future shortage.
When the terrain is too mountainous for low-level flying, supplies are dropped by parachute -- a less accurate form of getting the supplies in.
Abut thirty-five tons of supplies were dropped on the first day of the airlift. Over two thousand more tons are expected to be airlifted before the end of April.