The British Air Force is using its base at Changi, Singapore, as a starting point for airlifting relief supplies to the devastated areas of East Pakistan.
Supplies being loaded into trucks from sheds and taken to aircraft (6 shots)
Helicopter loaded into aircraft (4 shots)
More loading of supplies into aircraft (4 shots)
Men boarding aircraft (3 shots)
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Background: The British Air Force is using its base at Changi, Singapore, as a starting point for airlifting relief supplies to the devastated areas of East Pakistan.
Helicopters, commandos equipped of relief work, and general supplies are being airlifted first to Dacca aboard Hercules transport aircraft .
Other equipment airlifted by the transports includes naval assault boats which can operate in very shallow waters. They will be used to ferry supplies into the devastated areas.
British troops will survey the area in readiness for the arrival of the 11,000-ton assault ship Intrepid, and the 18,000-ton repair ship Triumph, due to arrive from Singapore on Tuesday (24 November) to set up a supply and communications centre to co-ordinate international aid in the heart of the disaster area.
The League of Red Cross societies announced on Saturday (21 Nov) that it was postponing further air shipments of relief aid to East Pakistan, apart from those already scheduled, because of the pile-up of supplies in Dacca.
Supplies already sent were becoming stacked up due to difficulties in onward shipment for distribution in the area hit by the hurricanes and tidal wave disaster, the League said.
But it recommended that shipments by sea of powdered milk, blankets, warm clothing and other supplies should continues.