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DATE=9/16/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=AUSTRALIA / TIMOR NUMBER=2-253935 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Australian military officials are set to begin (have begun) air drops of food and other supplies to starving refugees into East Timor, where many people are still hiding from anti-independence militias. From Jakarta, V-O- A's Kyle King reports. TEXT: The skeleton U-N staff still in the violence-ravaged capital of East Timor says the first truckloads of food for the refugees began arriving on Wednesday. The trucks were carrying mainly rice. More are expected to trickle in today, along with the first air drops, which are being organized with the help of the Australian military. United Nations officials say internally- displaced refugees driven from their homes by the anti-independence militias are in desperate need of food and medical supplies. Aid agencies say young children are most at risk -- especially from malnutrition and diseases, such as malaria, cholera, typhoid and measles. Aid agencies say they hope to quickly follow peacekeeping troops who are expected to begin arriving in East Timor in the coming days. (signed) NEB/KBK / wd 16-Sep-1999 00:44 AM LOC (16-Sep-1999 0444 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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