WFP / MOZAMBIQUE AIRLIFTS

21-Mar-2019 00:01:54
The World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food and other assistance to victims of the flooding and cyclone that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The aid agency has reached 20,000 people already and is stepping up operations to assist, initially, 600,000 people. WFP
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STORY: WFP / MOZAMBIQUE AIRLIFTS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 MARCH 2019, DONDO, MOZAMBIQUE / 21 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, CAIA, GUARAGUARA, NAMATANDA, MOZAMBIQUE / 21 MARCH 2019, ROME, ITALY
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21 MARCH 2019, GUARAGUARA, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

1. Various shots, aerial footage of flooded area around Guaraguara
2. Various shots, offloading food bags and high energy biscuits from UNHAS helicopter for distribution
3. Wide shot, food distribution
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Hugo du Plessis, Aviation Officer, World Food Programme (WFP):
“So today we had our first UNHAS flight and we managed to go to Guaraguara and we also went to Caia to pick up some foodstuffs from Caia back to Beira and we are planning another rotation now back to Guaraguara to deliver some more foodstuffs to the people that are stranded out there.”
5. Med shot, boxes of high energy biscuits

21 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

6. Med shot, boxes of high energy biscuits being loaded onto UNHAS helicopter

21 MARCH 2019, ROME, ITALY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Vandervelden, Director of Emergencies, World Food Programme (WFP):
“WFP is continuing distributing food in Beira city but also in isolated areas outside the city of Beira. We have deployed helicopters and a cargo plane, and we have about 1,700 MT of food on the trucks moving towards Mozambique and have identified more food in the region that we are moving towards the people in need in Mozambique.”

21 MARCH 2019, NAMATANDA, LAMEGO, MOZAMBIQUE

8. Various shots, drone footage Near Namatanda destroyed bridge connecting Dondo and Namatanda

20 MARCH 2019, DONDO, MOZAMBIQUE

9. Various shots, food distribution
STORYLINE
The World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food and other assistance to victims of the flooding and cyclone that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The aid agency has reached 20,000 people already and is stepping up operations to assist, initially, 600,000 people. WFP
The immense scale of the damage is becoming clearer, but the situation is likely to deteriorate, and the number of people affected is expected to increase as heavy rains are forecast to continue.

WFP high-energy biscuits and water have been airdropped to isolated pockets of people stranded by the floodwaters in flooded areas in Buzi and Chimoio. Distributions of easy-to-prepare fortified food are underway in Beira, Dondo and other flood-affected areas in Sofala and Tete provinces.

The first WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) helicopter arrived in Beira on Wednesday to support rescue and relief operations and another is due to arrive.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hugo du Plessis, Aviation Officer, World Food Programme (WFP):
“So today we had our first UNHAS flight and we managed to go to Guaraguara and we also went to Caia to pick up some foodstuffs from Caia back to Beira and we are planning another rotation now back to Guaraguara to deliver some more foodstuffs to the people that are stranded out there.”

While WFP’s warehouse in Beira was badly damaged by the cyclone, some food remained intact. From that stock, WFP is providing Super Cereal (a wheat of corn-based porridge mix) to displaced people sheltering at 18 schools and churches in Beira. So far 6,000 people have been reached in the city.

WFP is also assisting with Super Cereal more than 4,000 displaced people sheltering in the town of Dondo, north of Beira – food from supplies that were in WFP’s warehouse before the storm struck.

SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Vandervelden, Director of Emergencies, World Food Programme (WFP):
“WFP is continuing distributing food in Beira city but also in isolated areas outside the city of Beira. We have deployed helicopters and a cargo plane, and we have about 1,700 MT of food on the trucks moving towards Mozambique and have identified more food in the region that we are moving towards the people in need in Mozambique.”

WFP airlifted 20 metric tons of high energy biscuits (HEBs) into Beira on Sunday from a WFP-run UN emergency response depot in Dubai. The fortified biscuits are often used in emergencies as they are nutritious, easy to transport and do not need cooking. Another 40 metric tons are being brought into Beira and Chimoio.

More stocks and purchases of cereals, pulses and vegetable oil from Zambia, Malawi and South Africa are expected to start arriving later this week.
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