Two weeks after Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on 14 March 2019, the death toll has risen to more than 750 people, with an estimated 2 million residents having been displaced by the subsequent flooding. The devastating effects of the tropical cyclone have left the city of Beira with a humanitarian crisis of a severe shortage of food, drinking water and healthcare.
It is estimated that 90% of Beira has been destroyed by torrential winds of 170km/h and unprecedented floods leaving people destitute and without any infrastructure. Beira is the second largest city in Mozambique, and the economic impact of its activity as one of the main ports linking landlocked countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia to the rest of the world, will be great. Communications are still unstable and the city is experiencing regular electricity shutdowns. The humanitarian call for international aid has been heard, and the donations have been arriving in Mozambique for the past week.
International organizations and NGOs are coordinating with the local police for the delivery of relief items such as food, material and pharmaceuticals for the people in need. As the national road into Beira was destroyed and impassable, Beira had been cut-off from surrounding areas and the only way to deliver the goods was by air.
Bolloré Logistics in Beira, with over 140 of our employee families affected by the cyclone, partnered with the NGOs, to offer support with custom clearance, aircraft chartering, handling and distribution services in the areas affected. The humanitarian shipments, coming from all over the world, are managed at destination by the Bolloré teams, comprising of 40 people based in the Beira operations center at the airport, and more than 400 employees across the country. The teams have been working tirelessly, day and night, in order to deliver the materials in the shortest space of time which often meant managing two aircrafts at the same time.
The Bolloré Logistics teams have already managed 17 aircrafts in the past week, handling over 700 tons of airfreight cargo and offering warehousing services and office space at the Bolloré yard in Beira in order to support the efforts of the international organizations.
Contact in Mozambique: Pierre-Yvan GRAVIERE, Sales Director (+258 851 000 007)