Empowering the local teams closest to a disaster is critical to emergency preparedness and response. That becomes possible when the global teams collaborate on solutions through platforms like drones.wfp.org.

The man with his eyes on the camera is Antonio Beleza, Deputy Director of Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction (INGD).

His intense gaze matches the situation 72 hours after a tropical storm Eloise barrelled through Mozambique’s Sofala province, bringing floods and winds of up to 130km/h to a region still recovering from cyclone Idai, one of the worst disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.

Drone controls in hand, Antonio uses aerial photos to check preparations for more than 5,000 people who are expected to arrive at a displacement camp in Guara-Guara after losing their homes.

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