March 17, 2000 |
With heavy rains forecast and Mozambique's main highways still impassable, the British navy anchored a floating helipad Thursday at the mouth of the swollen Save River to speed food aid to flood victims. From the deck of the Ft. George, five British helicopters will deliver food to 45,000 hungry flood victims near the central town of Machanga, said Lindsey Davies, a spokeswoman for the World Food Program, a U.N. agency.
March 12, 2000 |
Blessed with a full day of sunshine and receding waters, aid groups Saturday stepped up food deliveries to 1 million flood victims in central and southern Mozambique. With previously impassable roads opening, the international relief effort was expected to gain pace. In the largest overland delivery so far, trucks carrying 52 tons of food left the Indian Ocean port of Beira and headed south to the hard-hit city of Save. Aid officials welcomed the rare stretch of sunny skies.
March 10, 2000 |
After several days of waiting in neighboring South Africa for the go-ahead, U.S. helicopters touched down in Mozambique on Thursday and began speedily delivering thousands of pounds of rice to hungry flood victims. But heavy rains kept aid from most of the country. With relief agencies unable to reach scores of muddy, squalid makeshift camps in southern Mozambique, food for refugees could run out soon, said Lindsey Davies, spokeswoman for the United Nations' World Food Program.
March 8, 2000 |
U.S. airplanes flew over flood-stricken areas of Mozambique on Tuesday, beaming back live video images of marooned people and demolished terrain. The information gathered by a specially equipped Hercules C-130 will be passed on to aid agencies in Maputo, the Mozambican capital, said Air Force Col. Gary Sadler. Meanwhile, five other cargo planes ferried supplies from Hoedspruit air base in South Africa to Maputo and the central Mozambican city of Beira. The first two U.S.
March 7, 2000 |
More than 200 of the expected 600 U.S. troops bound for flood-stricken Mozambique arrived at South Africa's Hoedspruit air base Monday. But unlike participants in most other U.S. humanitarian efforts around the world, these GIs will have an especially tough act to follow. To put it in military-speak, South African rescuers have kicked butt in Mozambique. However, unlike in the bad old days of apartheid, a predominantly white team is doing good in the neighboring country and winning praise.
March 5, 2000 |
Thousands of Mozambique's hungry and thirsty flood victims straggled into makeshift camps Saturday after days of huddling on rooftops or clinging to tree branches. As more supplies and equipment arrived from around the world--including the first of three U.S. planes carrying boats from Miami--survivors at the camps gulped down cornmeal soup and beans, the first food many had eaten in four or five days.