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MAF begins relief flights in Haiti

Help is starting to arrive in hurricane-ravaged Haiti and Mission Aviation, a worldwide nonprofit headquartered in Nampa is playing a crucial role.

Hundreds of deaths have been reported as a result of Hurricane Matthew and cholera is a grave concern.

The United Nations delivered its first batch of food aid today.

Meanwhile, recently Mission Aviation Fellowship sent a mechanic from Nampa to Port-au-Prince to help with maintenance of its airplanes, which are used for relief flights into remote areas. Those flights include delivering food, water and medical supplies to people in Haiti.

“When a national disaster like this happens we start to ramp up on issues like water purification kits to go in because water's a real issue, food, medical supplies and medical teams because there's such a drastic need, and most of the parts affected you can't get there except by an MAF airplane so we really are busy, flying and doing what we do best and that's reaching out to the Haitian people," said MAP President John Boyd.

Mission Aviation Fellowship has a long history in Haiti, with an operating base there since 1986.

None of their staff was injured during the storm.