Second Cyclone Hits Mozambique
On this life-threatening scenario, the one manner assist is deliverable to remoted and island communities is by air. That’s the place Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), working as Ambassador Aviation in Mozambique, helps.
When phrase reached MAF that one other cyclone was aiming for Mozambique, the group dispatched a catastrophe response (DR) crew to help their Mozambique program. MAF started conducting evaluation flights on Saturday, April 27, simply two days after Kenneth hit.
“Right after the storm passed we went up to Pemba and we did aerial assessment footage just to help people see the scale and the scope of the damage. And what was different about this cyclone, it was almost like a tornado. There’s a very tight band of damage, but it’s substantial damage probably 20 to 30 villages just pretty much flattened,” says John Woodberry, MAF’s International Catastrophe Response Supervisor.
MAF stories the evaluation crew decided the cyclone “created a narrow band of destruction”, and described the harm as horrific. This crew witnessed firsthand decimated villages and areas with important harm “on the islands of Ibo and Matemo, the mainland coastal area directly west of Matemo, and the area of Mucojo farther north.”
Heavy rains following Cyclone Kenneth briefly paused some reduction operations. MAF had evaluation flights and reduction flights deliberate for Sunday, which had been postponed. Then on Monday, the group despatched a reduction flight to ship tarps which did “reach the island of Ibo”.
MAF Delivering Assist
MAF is specializing in delivering assist to the islands simply off of Mozambique’s coast. Woodberry says most villages on the coast are accessible by car. Nonetheless, every day is completely different.
“It’s a dynamic situation with still some of the lingering weather. We’re paying attention because a lot of the rain can cause flooding. So, areas that we think now you can get to by road focusing on islands and areas that are really a challenge for agencies to support, there might be new areas that are super isolated. And so, we’re focusing on where can we be best used to bring the greatest impact and help because DRs is all about speed and saving lives,” Woodberry says.
MAF hopes to fly a medical crew to islands together with meals and shelter quickly. At the moment, the group is specializing in the wants of these remoted. Probably the most quick wants is shelter.
Folks don’t have any constructions for cover, meals shares are gone, and medical care is pressing. MAF is working with organizations like World Meals Program and the Mozambique authorities to ship these pressing wants.
“We’re working with partners that are involved in that type of work. The challenge is a lot of people are still very involved down south because of Cyclone Idai down in the Beira area. And so, [the] capacity to do two cyclones in a month in the same country is stretching a lot of agencies. So, people are doing what they can,” Woodberry says.
Would you Pray?
If you happen to would, please pray for these struggling in Mozambique. Pray for organizations like MAF to have entry to hard-to-reach areas to ship reduction assist and transport medical groups. Pray that these serving the Mozambicans affected by Cyclone Kenneth would actually be the arms and toes of Jesus. And please, pray that regardless of the altering scenario, assist and God’s hope and love would nonetheless attain these in want.
Header photograph of Northeast Mozambique, Cyclone Kenneth. Photograph and caption courtesy of Mission Aviation Fellowship.