INTRODUCTION: In Somalia, three years of drought have now been followed by severe floods, which have brought the threat of starvation to thousand of people.
AV Flooding in and around Belet Uen.
GV Palm trees among floods.
GV Guide pulling boat through flooded area.
GVs Flooded village. (3 SHOTS)
GV French plane arrives at Belet Uen air strip.
GV, SV, CU Supplies being unloaded. (3 SHOTS)
SV Crowd look on.
SV & GV Supplies being loaded onto trucks. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Edward Rist of World Food Programme speaking.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
RIST (SEQ. 9): "There'll be two flights every day for the next fortnight and I think we'll probably get about four tons of food on every flight. So that'll be about eight, eight tones a day and you cn work that out. It'll be enough I think. It'll give us a chance to set up the bridgehead over here and to run the rafts back and forward across the river. Hopefully it'll be O.K."
DIETZ: "Do you know in general how much food totally has been contributed?"
RIST: "At the moment I couldn't tell you that but there is a great quantity of food coming into the country."
DIETZ: "And which countries have responded?"
RIST: "Great Britain, America, the EEC, France, virtually every country I think in the Western World."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Somalia, three years of drought have now been followed by severe floods, which have brought the threat of starvation to thousand of people. Heavy rain caused the floods in low-lying areas around the country's two main rivers -- the Juba and the Shebelle. Somalia has appealed for international aid and a number of western countries have responded.
SYNOPSIS: A huge area around the central town of Belet Uen has been inundated. Access to the area was only possible by boat or plane. Most roads were swept away or impassable. The government said at least 150 villages had been isolated or submerged. Thousands of refugees who fled to camps in Somalia to escape drought and strife in Ethiopia were again homeless.
Recent reports say as many as 100,000 refugees and Somalis from local communities had been made homeless. Many were isolated in their home villages and were on the verge of starvation. The Government reported that malaria was already spreading at an alarming rate. Britain, Italy and the United States have already responded to the appeal for international aid.
This French military aircraft landed at Belet Uen with blankets, tarpaulins, meat and raisins. The aircraft flew in from Djibouti. Italy has already flown in medical supplies.
Britain has sent aid worth 400,000 dollars. A chartered jet carried 15,000 blankets, two tones of canned mutton and 100 large rolls of plastic sheeting from which shelters can be made.
Supplies have been loaded onto trucks for distribution throughout the stricken central Hiran Province. Aid is expected to pour into the area from all over the world, as World Food Programme consultant Edward Rist explained to reporter Bob Dietz.