Urgent moves are being made to rush food to the West Bengal area in India where nearly three quarters of the population face starvation after a prolonged drought.
GV People rush towards kitchen for food. (2 shots)
SV & CU Police officer checking food distribution. (3 shots)
CU Children in queue. (3 shots)
SV Workers give out food and feed people. (4 shots)
SCU Man and boys eating. (2 shots)
SV Children watching food. (2 shots)
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Background: Urgent moves are being made to rush food to the West Bengal area in India where nearly three quarters of the population face starvation after a prolonged drought.
It is the biggest food relief operation in 27 years, and reports parallel the situation to the Bengal famine of 1943, when five million people reportedly lost their lives.
Crime is on the increase, and one of the first Government-sponsored food trains was looted by starving people last Friday (13 September).
The West Bengal Government has set up free kitchens and cheap canteens to help overcome the food shortages.
This film shows the situation in the Falta district, about thirty miles south of Calcutta.
Several starvation deaths have already been reported in this area, where the villagers are mostly landless labourers out of work.
Most have been eating leaves and roots to stay alive.
Police joined local agents for the food distribution as well as to maintain order.