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STORY: MOZAMBIQUE / FLOOD AIRLIFTS
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE / 22 MARCH 2019, NHAMATANDA, MOZAMBIQUE

SHOTLIST:

22 MARCH 2019, BEIRA, MOZAMBIQUE

1. Various shots, loading of high energy biscuits onto UNHAS helicopter to be transported to Nhamatanda. The flight will also transport tents and emergency kits
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Hugo de Plessis, Aviation Officer, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Our helicopter has just returned from a rotational to Nhamatanda and it is busy being loaded with high energy biscuits, approximately 3 tons. We will also load some tents and return back to Nhamatanda for a second rotation. Wwe are getting ourselves more and more organized by the day and we’ve established aviation clusters, so we are getting very efficient and scaling up operations as we speak.”
3. Various shots, aerial shots of flooding between Beira and Nhamatanda making all land transport impossible. UNHAS helicopter taking off from Beira to Nhamatanda

22 MARCH 2019, NHAMATANDA, MOZAMBIQUE

4. Various shots, boxes of high energy biscuits being offloaded in Nhamatanda for distribution
5. Various shots, pilot preparing for take off

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. It has reached 20,000 people already, and are stepping up operations to assist, initially, 600,000 people.

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.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hugo de Plessis, Aviation Officer, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Our helicopter has just returned from a rotational to Nhamatanda and it is busy being loaded with high energy biscuits, approximately 3 tons. We will also load some tents and return back to Nhamatanda for a second rotation. Wwe are getting ourselves more and more organized by the day and we’ve established aviation clusters, so we are getting very efficient and scaling up operations as we speak.”

The first WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) helicopter arrived in Beira on Wednesday (20 Mar) to support rescue and relief operations and another is due to arrive.

WFP satellite imaging suggests that some 1.7 million were in the path of the cyclone and WFP is working with the government and partners to scale up its operations to reach 600, 000 people with immediate food assistance.

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. WFP is supporting the government and the national disaster management agency, INGC, to use drones to locate people in need of assistance.

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