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Mission Aviation Fellowship helping disaster recovery in Mozambique

Mission Aviation Fellowship helping disaster recovery in Mozambique
Posted at 5:54 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 07:54:01-04

NAMPA, Idaho — Nampa's Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is on the front lines of the cyclone disaster in Mozambique.

Aircraft are doing flight surveys and helping deliver supplies to areas cut off by massive flooding that has already killed 200 people. The death toll from the cyclone is likely to surpass 1000. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands have been flooded out of their homes.

"A critical thing we've been doing is helping with survey flights, so people can actually see where the disaster affected people, where the needs are, and then projects and relief can be planned," said John Woodberry, the global disaster response manager at MAF.

MAF has a permanent operation in Mozambique with two aircraft. They are working with the country's national institute for disaster management to coordinate relief efforts. Staff says they are seeing survivors clinging to rooftops with nothing but water for miles around.