Cyclone Idai leaves many people stranded in Southern Africa and without food

Spokesperson Steve Taravella of the UN World Programme: It's a "race against time to reach people."
2:15 | 03/21/19

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Transcript for Cyclone Idai leaves many people stranded in Southern Africa and without food
I wanna go to Steve terra bella he's on the phone in DC he's from the World Food Program scenery there. Yeah our Jennifer berg here. Eric Kimberly you're her yes I just want to ask you what is the biggest priority now that everything has sort of settled down. Well first I get caught it say that that was there really accurate report Ian. A really accurate picture Ian protected what we're looking at on the ground right now because this is one of the worst humanitarian disasters. We've seen in that region but scaled the scope that the level of desperation the fact that after six days. Some people are still waiting to be rescued and many have not eaten in several days so active at the priority right now it's. Getting people could stay dry ground where we can provide them with food. To keep them going. I'm one of our colleagues at the UN humanitarian air service which WASP operate. Observed people waiting entries that Jerry Porter described but it's the same trees where. They have taken refuge from flood waters below so imagine the harder are having to choose between. Possibly drowning and sitting up there with snakes. These are desperate very difficult conditions and it is. At you set a race against time to reach people. Oh well IA and I really can't even imagine even looking at the images it's hard to fathom what these people are going through. How long I I hate to even ask this because if it's crazy how long do you think this is going to take to try to help all of these people. Or that the question and they're worried that net because while being. And parents went of this cyclone has tapped the storm it's not over it still raining even as we speak. Which is expecting delivery of all the humanitarian. Aid that we just talked about but also basic communication. I mean you're speaking with me in New York secret connection court. So we're on the ground are so I'm reliable right now that a typical period. To reach them. It's so you know that's another very significant challenge. All right Steve thank you so much time IA I would wish everyone the best that's helping out there.

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