The trip is about 4’100 miles long and 8.5 to 9h of flight time from Switzerland direct to Nampula - for a Boeing 777 or 747 absolutely no big deal to fly.
100 tons of coordinated emergency aid in just 12 hours - delivered over night..!
Shelters, tents, medicine, hygiene sets, basic foodstuffs, drinking water and water filters, power generators, etc.
After dropping off the cargo and refueling our aircraft we are on our way to the nearest emergency warehouse, where we could pick up and deliver another 100 tons of aid material.
200 tons of aid material in about 30 hours — compared to 15 tons in 5 days, what is the average case today.
While we take care about fast long haul transportation, organizations like the UN or ICRC can focus on local distribution – the very important last mile.
Mozambique has been hit by two cyclones within 6 weeks. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has reported heavy damage to Cabo Delgado province. Cyclone Kenneth has "entirely wiped out" some villages in Mozambique, after making landfall on Thursday. One aid worker said it looked like areas had been "run over by a bulldozer“. About 3,500 homes in parts of Cabo Delgado were partially or fully destroyed by the cyclone, with electricity cut, some roads blocked and at least one key bridge collapsed. Cyclone Idai killed more than 900 people already. Nearly 700,000 people could be at risk in the largely rural region, many left exposed and hungry as waters rise.