WFP / MOZAMBIQUE CYCLONE IDAI

19-Mar-2019 00:01:34
The World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food and other assistance to large numbers of desperate people stranded by rapidly rising flood waters in Mozambique – a major humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour. WFP
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STORY: WFP / MOZAMBIQUE CYCLONE IDAI
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE / 17-19 MARCH 2019, MOZAMBIQUE / 17 MARCH 2019, ROME, ITALY
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18 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

1. Drone shot, destructions in Beira

14 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQU

2.Drone shot, destruction in Beira

17 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

3.SOUNDBITE (English) Hugo de Plessis, Aviation Officer, World Food Programme:
“As you can see around us, it is atrocious weather conditions, the weather is still persisting and despite that everybody is helping and we are offloading 20 tons of cargo manually by hand because the equipment has been destroyed by the cyclone.”
4.Various shots, 20 metric tons of high energy biscuits being offloaded by hand as the cyclone destroyed all the equipment
5. Wide shot, WFP warehouse where high energy biscuits and drinking water are packed into bags for distribution to people stranded by floods outside of Beira

19 MARCH 2019, ROME, ITALY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Vandervelden, Director of Emergencies, World Food Programme:
“So the situation in Mozambique we are confronted with severe flooding and cyclone effects. 600,000 people affected possibly going up to 1.7 and more million people affected by cyclone and flooding. Communication completely broken, infrastructure severely damaged particularly in the city of Beira but also all the roads to Beira have been cut off. What WFP is doing at the moment we are helping with the assessment we are bringing in food with airplanes and helicopters we are bringing in helicopters we have started the food distributions to people affected in the flood and cyclone affected areas.”

18 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

7. Wide shot, distribution of family food rations containing corn soya blend at a school turned shelter for families whose homes have been destroyed. Each family is being given a ration to last 3 or 4 days
STORYLINE
The World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food and other assistance to large numbers of desperate people stranded by rapidly rising flood waters in Mozambique – a major humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour.

A WFP staff member who flew over the area that has been inundated spoke of “inland oceans extending for miles and miles in all directions.”

Helicopter airlifts of WFP high-energy biscuits, water and blankets are planned to large numbers of people crammed on rooftops and elevated patches of land outside the port city of Beira – struck by a Category 4 cyclone on Thursday (14 Mar).

SOUNDBITE (English) Hugo de Plessis, Aviation Officer, World Food Programme:
“As you can see around us, it is atrocious weather conditions, the weather is still persisting and despite that everybody is helping and we are offloading 20 tons of cargo manually by hand because the equipment has been destroyed by the cyclone.”

Nearly 600,000 people have been affected by the floods and some 1.7 million were in the path of the cyclone. WFP is working with the government and partners to reach 500, 000 people with immediate food assistance.

SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Vandervelden, Director of Emergencies, World Food Programme:
“So the situation in Mozambique we are confronted with severe flooding and cyclone effects. 600,000 people affected possibly going up to 1.7 and more million people affected by cyclone and flooding. Communication completely broken, infrastructure severely damaged particularly in the city of Beira but also all the roads to Beira have been cut off. What WFP is doing at the moment we are helping with the assessment we are bringing in food with airplanes and helicopters we are bringing in helicopters we have started the food distributions to people affected in the flood and cyclone affected areas.”

Leading the emergency telecommunications response on behalf of the humanitarian community, WFP has been on the ground, working to establish essential communication networks to support relief operations by government and humanitarian partners.

Assessing the extent of the damage and needs remains a huge challenge and WFP is using drones and satellite mapping to conduct assessments so that people in need can be identified and reached.

WFP has surged additional staff to Mozambique, including emergency coordinators, air operations managers, and programming, logistics and telecommunications experts.

WFP will be providing high energy biscuits to remote, hard-to-access areas – and has already begun distributing easy-to-prepare fortified food, mainly Super Cereal (wheat or corn-based porridge mix) in Beira. The biscuits are part of a 20-ton consignment flown into Beira on Sunday from a WFP-run UN emergency response depot in Dubai.

While WFP’s warehouse in Beira was badly damaged by the cyclone, some food remained intact. From that stock, WFP is providing Super Cereal to displaced cyclone victims sheltering at 18 schools and churches in Beira. Each centre can accommodate up to 1,000 people. WFP is also planning to assist displaced people sheltering in the city of Dondo, north of Beira.

Food stocks elsewhere in Mozambique and southern Africa are also being mobilized as part of WFP emergency response.
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