Although there are some signs that the South Vietnamese army is beginning to resist the communist advance towards Saigon, seige preparations are in full swing in the southern capital.
GV EXTERIOR Presidential Palace
SV Troops on guard (3 shots)
SV Troops and civilians building blockades (2 shots)
GV AND SV Check-points on roadway with army lookout post (3 shots)
SV Civilians at checkpoint (3 shots)
GV Rescue workers as site of air crash (3 shots)
SV Soldier standing guard over wreckage
SV Soldier collecting victim's belongings
SV Man probing dirty water
CU Rescuer looks on as others pull debris from water (2 shots)
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Background: Although there are some signs that the South Vietnamese army is beginning to resist the communist advance towards Saigon, seige preparations are in full swing in the southern capital.
Blockades are being built and checkpoints on roads into Saigon are in operation as troops and civilians continue to struggle towards the city.
But few are being allowed to enter, as Saigon's Military Governor has said that communist commandos have mingled with the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have streamed down the east coast of South Vietnam.
Investigations are also underway into the causes of the C5A Galaxy plane crash, which killed 140 South Vietnamese orphans on their way to a new life in the United States on Friday (4 April).
Rescue workers are sifting the wreckage for clues and probing the muddy water of paddy fields around Tan Son Nhut airbase, just outside Saigon.
It was the first official United States airlift of refugees and officials said on Saturday (5 April) that the exact number of dead was still not known. Rescue workers fear that there are still many bodies underwater in ditches and swamps.