FRIDAY AIRLIFT: Samaritan's Purse Responds to deadly cyclone—sending emergency shelter supplies and medical team to Mozambique

BOONE, N.C., March 21, 2019

Cyclone Idai caused devastating flooding in Mozambique—killing hundreds, flooding thousands of homes and leaving some 400,000 people displaced. International Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is using its DC-8 cargo jet to deploy critical supplies and disaster response specialists in response to what United Nations officials say may be the worst weather-related disaster ever to strike the Southern Hemisphere.

On Friday, the N.C.-based organization is airlifting 27 tons of emergency shelter materials and disaster response specialists to Mozambique, including a 3-person medical team ready to provide mobile medical care on the ground.

“Roads are washed out, communication is cut off and hundreds of thousands of people are suffering,” ” dijo Franklin Graham, presidente de Samaritan's Purse. “Please pray for Mozambique as we bring critical relief supplies and the hope of the Gospel to this hurting nation.”

Oportunidades para los medios

  • Interview Ken Isaacs, Vice President of Programs and Government Relations
  • Interview Kelly Suter, a nurse, traveling to Mozambique on the DC-8 and leading the medical team on the ground
  • Interview Brock Kreitzburg, Cyclone Idai Response Manager
  • Photo and video opportunities in Greensboro, North Carolina as the DC-8 departs for Mozambique: Departure March 22 at 7 a.m. ET

Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan’s Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Led by President and CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit