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DHL team complete cyclone mission

[ April 18, 2019   //   ]

Deutsche Post DHL’s Disaster Response Team moved nearly 800 tonnes of aid to south-east Africa after it was struck by cyclone Idai. The 12-strong team was deployed at Beira Airport between March 24 and April 12at the request of the United Nations, handling incoming relief goods and coordinating aid for the United Nations and international relief organisations.

Director for humanitarian affairs at Deutsche Post DHL Group, Chris Weeks, said: “This particular deployment was groundbreaking for us in that it was our first mission to Africa. The challenges however were familiar and within the first few days of arriving the DRT firmly established its coordination expertise in the supply chain of incoming humanitarian aid. All too often the sudden influx of relief aid to an airport creates bottlenecks and aid is unable to get out in a timely manner. This was precisely the scenario the team was trying to avoid and able to do so successfully.”

The team acted as a liaison between the Beira Airport Authorities and the large humanitarian community who occupied a vast area at the airport.