INDIA: Death in Bloom

Said Food Secretary R. H. Hutchings: "Bengal now has ample food. . . ." Added Calcutta officials: "Famine mortality is now down to 30 per day." By last week it was beyond dispute that Viceroy Wavell had done a good eleventh-hour job on an almost hopelessly bungled situation. He had brought an old soldier's efficiency to bear in the distribution of foods among the starving.

Now disease was on the march. In famine-weakened Bengal malaria was taking a death toll comparable to the famine's fabulous 40,000 a week of early November. Cholera, dysentery and dropsy were also in...

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