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World Food Programme Executive Director travels to cyclone-hit Mozambique

ROME/BEIRA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley, is to travel tomorrow to Mozambique to draw attention to the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.


Satellite imagery has shown floodplains that included an “inland ocean” 125km by 25km, the size of Luxembourg.

WFP has launched a major operation rushing supplies to the area and has so far reached more than 115,000 people with emergency food assistance. 

Helicopters are airdropping High Energy Biscuits and specialized foods to prevent and treat malnutrition to stranded communities cut off by the floodwaters.

Easy-to-prepare fortified food is also being distributed to displaced flood victims sheltering in schools and other public buildings in and around Beira.

Large quantities of food are being procured elsewhere in the southern Africa region and trucked and shipped to Mozambique.

On Tuesday in Beira the Executive Director will meet flood victims, government officials, humanitarian responders and give a briefing to the media at the airport at 6pm local time.

On Wednesday in Maputo he will meet the President Nyusi, members of the government, the UN country team and WFP staff members.

The Executive Director and other WFP spokespeople will be available for interview. New broadcast quality video and hi-res photos will also be made available (see details below).

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For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact (email address:

Gerald Bourke, WFP/Beira, Mob/whatsapp +27 82 90 81 417

Deborah Nguyen, WFP/Beira, Mob : +258 86 505 6300 / whatsapp +33 652 89 76 44


For fresh video material, please contact:

Marco Frattini, WFP/Beira, Mob. +39 3470426505 or Jonathan Dumont, WFP/Rome, Mob. +393402249140


For hi-res photos, please contact:

Rein Skullerud, WFP/Beira, Mob. +39 3465034101


For other inquiries, please contact:

Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2321, Mob. +39 346 7600521

Francis Mwanza, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 (0)20 3857 7411, Mob. +44 (0)7968 008474

Herve Verhoosel, WFP/Geneva, Mob. +41 798428057

Challiss McDonough, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-653-1149, Mob. +1-202-774-4026

Steve Taravella, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-556-6909, Mob.  +1-202-770-5993