On 15 March 2019 cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique, and was classified as one of the severest tropical cyclones ever to hit the African continent. DSS water experts Aida van Eijk, Freek Huthoff, Hugo Oosterkamp, Marij Zwart, and Herbert Bos had only 72 hours to decide whether they would answer the DSS water call.
In an interview they talk about their work in Mozambique, what motivated them to go, and how they were able to combine their day jobs with offering emergency relief. Read more about their experiences.
The Dutch Surge Support facility (DSS water) supports the operations of humanitarian organisations during and immediately after a disaster by deploying experienced water experts. The deployment of DSS water experts contributes to saving lives and alleviating the suffering of a vulnerable population that is affected by disasters. The pool of more than 200 DSS water experts consists of top professionals in the field of water resources management, WASH, and other affiliated areas of expertise. DSS water was founded in 2014 by the Netherlands Red Cross, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), and NWP.
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