Over the past couple of weeks Air Charter Service (ACS) has chartered aircraft to fly a total of almost 500 tonNES of humanitarian aid as well as almost 100 doctors into disaster-struck Mozambique so far.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It left at least 700 people dead and three million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
ACS said it has worked tirelessly since then in conjunction with various aid agencies and governments, flying in a variety of cargo, including cholera vaccines, water treatments, mosquito nets and tarpaulins.
ACS group director of cargo, Dan Morgan-Evans said: “We even had one flight that was transporting an entire field hospital to the region, including X-ray machines and 4×4 vehicles.
“In total so far we have chartered aircraft for just over 480 tons of equipment, on a variety of aircraft, ranging from Antonov 12s and Ilyushin 76s, to Boeing 747-400s and Boeing 777s, with more to come in the next few days.
“Our offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa have all been involved in the relief effort. As well as the huge amount of cargo, we also had a Boeing 737 transporting 80 doctors to Beira in Mozambique over the weekend.”