When the cyclone struck!
Last March, MAF responded quickly after Category 3 Cyclone Idai struck the port city of Beira in Mozambique.
Winds of 106 miles per hour battered the city, which was home to 500,000 people, knocking down buildings and cutting off roads. The area, which lies below sea level, is to flooding and had been affected by heavy rains before the storm struck. It quickly became clear that 90% of the city had been destroyed.
Survey flights, in which people fly over the land to see how much damage has been done, took place using MAF Mozambique’s Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft. Other key partners like Mercy Air, a Christian relief organisation, flew their helicopters too.
MAF and Mercy Air worked together to deliver emergency energy biscuits, provided by the World Food Programme, to people who were stranded or left homeless after the cyclone. They also dropped tents and hygiene supplies for families left without shelter. In just two flights, Pilot Dave Holmes flew more than 110 family tent kits and food.
MAF’s team’s quick action allowed the scale of the devastation to be identified rapidly, and the relief flights to start as soon as possible. What a blessing it is to know that MAF has a dedicated team of people who are prepared to drop everything to serve in places as soon as disaster strikes.