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RAAF aid in Thailand floods



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WEDNESDAY. 22 JANUARY. 1975 Ho. 414/75

RAAF AID IN THAILAND FLOODS

Medical teams and over 30001bs of priority

medical supplies have been flown into flooded areas of

Thailand by the RAAF DC3 aircraft and crew from the RAAF

Transport Flight at Butterworth, Malaysia.

The aircraft was despatched to Bangkok at the

weekend to assist with urgent major flood relief operations.

The flooded areas are about 460 miles to the South

of Bangkok.

The same aircraft on Tuesday also flew in 6001bs

of urgently required food to the isolated Royal Thai Air

Force bases at Nakon Si, Thammarat and Songkhla.

Thirteen people from South Thailand, stranded in

Bangkok, were also flown to the two Southern bases.

Water from the three-week-old floods are continuing

to cover vast areas of Southern Thailand, leaving thousands

stranded. Many are ill and starving.

To date 239 lives have been reported lost, and

damage totalling 1600 million baht (about dollars Aust.

66 million) to the area’s agricultural industry has brought

food supplies to a perilous state.

Cholera has broken out, and several deaths, believed

to be caused by the disease, have been reported.

Reports from the flood relief operation headquarters

at Don Muang Airport, Bangkok, indicate that the RAAF aircraft

will continue to assist flying-in critically short medical

and food supplies until early next week.

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