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    • ITU deploys satellite communication equipment in Malawi

     

    ITU deployed mobile satellite telecommunications equipment to be used for relief activities in Malawi’s flood prone districts. This is due to the anticipated rainy season that causes severe flooding especially in the southern part of Malawi.

    • ITU deploys satellite communication equipment in Uganda
     

    ITU deployed satellite mobile telecommunications equipment for mitigation and preparedness to the actual rainy season, which is causing severe floods and mudslides that can result in loss of life and destruction in the Uganda.

    • ITU deploys satellite communication equipment in Cape Verde
     

    ITU has deployed emergency telecommunications equipment for mitigation and preparedness in response to possible volcanic eruption that is threatening  the local population around mount Fogo. It is feared that a volcanic eruption that may cause massive disaster especially for the people of the island of Fogo.

    • ITU deploys satellite communication equipment to earthquake and tsunami hit Japan
     

    ITU has dispatched emergency telecommunications equipment to areas severely affected by the tsunami that struck the coastal areas of Japan following Friday’s devastating earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale.

    ITU has deployed 78 Thuraya satellite phones equipped with GPS to facilitate search and rescue efforts along with 13 Iridium satellite phones as well as 37 Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network terminals. An additional 30 Inmarsat terminals are also ready for dispatch. The equipment can be charged by car batteries and are also supplied with solar panels to enable operations during power outages.
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    • ITU restores communication links in Indonesia disaster zones

    ITU has deployed a hybrid of 40 broadband satellite terminals in an effort to restore vital communication links in the aftermath of a tsunami triggered by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake and a volcanic eruption that hit the Indonesian archipelago in two separate incidents.

    As aid and rescue workers battle rough weather and difficult terrain to reach tsunami victims in the remote Mentawi islands off Sumatra, Mount Merapi continues to spew super-heated gas and debris on villages in Central Java. The natural disasters have wreaked havoc, causing untold death and destruction in their wake.

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    • ITU deploys broadband satellite telecommunications equipment to flood ravaged Pakistan
    The International Telecommunication Union has deployed satellite communications equipment following the severe floods that are continuing to affect the country.

    Hundreds of people have lost their lives, and infrastructure has been destroyed. Over 15 million people have been displaced and vast tracts of fertile agricultural land have been inundated, with many facing the prospect of a continuing battle with water-borne diseases and malnutrition. The livelihoods of several millions have been affected with severe long-term repercussions on the economic and social life of the country.

    For more on ITU's efforts to aid Pakistan visit: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/assistance/pakistan.aspx

    • ITU deploys satellite communication equipment to earthquake hit Chile
    The International Telecommunication Union has deployed satellite communications equipment in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that struck Chile on 27th February, 2010. The equipment will be used to coordinate search and rescue operations, and the delivery of basic logistics and services by humanitarian workers.

    The magnitude of the earthquake  (8.8 on the Richter scale) is one of the most powerful in recorded history.  The epicentre of the quake was 115km (70 miles) north-east of Concepcion and 325km south-west of Santiago. It claimed over 700 lives, affected thousands of people, and destroyed basic infrastructure that includes telecommunications, power, roads, and houses. ITU is in the process of identifying additional resources to augment the equipment deployed this far.
     

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    • ITU joins international effort to assist Haiti : Satellite links to re-establish communications in earthquake-hit country

    Forty satellite terminals are being deployed immediately to re-establish basic communication links and a further 60 units with broadband facility are being dispatched along with experts to operate them. ITU will also set up a Qualcomm Deployable Base Station (QDBS), a reliable, responsive and complete cellular system designed to enable vital wireless communications aimed at strengthening response and recovery mechanisms in a disaster zone. ITU has allocated a budget of over USD 1 million to strengthen the disaster response effort in Haiti. (more...)

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    • ITU deploys satellite terminals to Samoa

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 15 satellite telephones to the island nation of Samoa, following the 8.3-magnitude quake that struck at 1748 GMT on Tuesday 29 September 2009 and the subsequent tsunami.

     

     

                                                                                                               
     

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    • ITU deploys satellite terminals in Indonesia after earthquake in Sumatra province

    Following two powerful earthquakes that stuck near the city of Padang in the west Sumatra province, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 80 satellite terminals to aid in relief and rescue efforts.

    The main earthquake struck at 1716 local time on 30 September 2009 with a magnitude of  7.6 some 85km (55 miles) under the sea, north-west of Padang whilst the second quake of 6.8 struck close to Padang at 0852 local time on Thursday 01 October 2009.
    More than 1,000 people are known to have died and many more trapped after scores of buildings were sent crashing to the ground.

    The equipment is key to coordinate relief and rescue efforts by the government authorities and other humanitarian aid agencies.

    • ITU deploys satellite terminals to Tonga

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 10 satellite telephones to the Kingdom of Tonga following an earthquake and devastating tsunami that hit Samoa on the 29th September 2009 resulting in the loss of many lives and infrastructure damage;

     

     

     

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    • Princess Ashika disaster

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 10 Iridium satellite phones with solar panels to provide assistance for rescue operations after the sinking of the Princess Ashika, on the night of Wednesday 5th of August 2009. This disaster is the biggest that the Kingdom of Tonga has faced in history.

    The satellite equipment deployed by ITU was used by the emergency services, the police and the line ministries involved in search and rescue operations that were carried out 85 kilometers North East of the main island Tongatapu. The equipment was also used by the forensics to give real- time information to the operation base used for the identification of victims.

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed satellite telephones to help restore vital communication links in the region. The 6.6-magnitude quake that killed and injured many residents especially in the high-altitude village of Nura, also destroyed buildings and infrastructure

    The ITU emergency satellite equipment is especially well-suited to the task of coordinating disaster relief operations and is compatible with existing government systems in the country. The Iridium equipment uses solar panels to provide alternative power in the absence of power infrastructure in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

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    In response to the severe earthquake that struck central China on 12 May 2008, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deployed 100 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the  region. The 8.0-magnitude quake in Sichuan province of China killed more than 40 000 people and injured 250 000, with at least 32 000 still missing ten days after the tragedy. The quake which destroyed infrastructure and telecommunications lines, disrupted electricity and transport, brought down buildings and rendered nearly 5 million people homeless, is the country’s worst natural disaster in three decades. Roughly 5 million people have been left homeless.

    The ITU emergency satellite  equipment is especially well-suited to the task of coordinating disaster relief operations and is compatible with existing government systems in the Sichuan Province. The equipment uses both satellite and GSM networks and also provide accurate GPS coordinates to aid relief and rescue operations.

    For more information click here

     

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deployed 100 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis which hit Myanmar on May 2. Cyclone Nargis tore off roofs, uprooted trees and downed power lines resulting in many parts of Yangon being left without electricity and telecommunications.

    Based on a satellite map made available by the U.N., the storm's damage was concentrated over about a 30,000-square-kilometer area along the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Martaban coastlines, home to nearly a quarter of Myanmar's 57 million people.

    ITU was one of the first agencies to arrive and deploy telecommunications resources in Myanmar and this rapid response was made possible thanks to the on-going implementation of the ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies.

     

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    • ITU deploys satellite terminals in Zambia floods.                                                                           

    The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) provided both Thuraya
    hand-held satellite phones and Inmarsat Global Area Network (GAN) satellite terminals to Zambia to assist officials in their relief efforts after severe floods inundated low-lying districts across Zambia. Nearly 400 000 people in 19 districts across the country were affected, with as many as 36 000 inhabitants displaced. The majority of the victims were in Monze (Western Province), Mumbwa (Central Province), Mkushi (Central Province), Mazabuka (Southern Province) and Kafue (Lusaka Province). A total of 3418 homes and 44 schools collapsed as a result of heavy rainfall, and ensuing floods have destroyed roads and communication links, hampering the coordination and delivery of assistance.

    This deployment of emergency telecommunications proved critical for the government and humanitarian aid agencies were involved in rescue operations, medical assistance and recovery. The mobile terminals deployed by ITU are easily transportable by road and air to the affected regions and facilitate the coordination of relief operations by both government and humanitarian agencies to aid the victims of such disasters.

     

    • ITU deploys satellite terminals in Uganda floods.                                                                                                    

    The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) deployed 25 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of severe floods that affected the eastern and northern regions of Uganda. Several districts were ravaged by torrential rains and flash floods that swept through the country, taking lives, marooning over 140,000 people and destroying road and communication links.

    The terminals were allocated to the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Relief and Refugees and Coordination Officers in the affected regions to assist in the response and relief efforts.

    The offer from ITU followed a request by the Uganda Communications Commission. Whenever a country is affected by a disaster and requests assistance from the ITU, transportable telecommunications resources are quickly mobilized and dispatched. ITU bears the costs of transport and usage of the equipment.

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    The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) deployed satellite terminals in Bangladesh to assist in relief efforts in the aftermath of terrible monsoon flooding. According to government figures, 5 million people were displaced or marooned by the floods. Many homes were left damaged or completely uninhabitable.

    The satellite terminals were used to coordinate relief and rescue activities in the worst hit areas.

    ITU provided training to 30 telecoms engineers from Bangladesh who were designated to deploy and use the equipment. They were trained by ITU in basic operations, as well as in technical aspects of the satellite terminals.

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    Following the devastating earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale that struck Southern Peru on 15 August 2007, killing more than 500 people and injuring as well as displacing thousands more, ITU deployed 50 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in remote and underserved areas. These links are critical in coordinating rescue and relief operations.
    The equipment is being deployed in areas where telecommunications are not available. But these are most needed to facilitate emergency teams as well as government organizations in establishing communications to coordinate their work.

    Emergency telecommunication is the key for government and humanitarian aid agencies involved in rescue operations, medical assistance and rehabilitation. Mountainous terrain in Peru has severely hampered access and the coordination of rescue operations. The restoration of telecommunication resources have helped bridge these gaps and provided the much needed link for the transmission and reception of high speed data for e-applications and for voice communications. This has provided succour to both government authorities and relief agencies as well as to the affected population.
     

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    Following the powerful magnitude 6.3 earthquake of Saturday 27 May 2006 that struck Java Island, Indonesia, ITU, in partnership with the United Nations Satellite Agency (UNOSAT), is assisting the government of Indonesia with the provision of satellite imagery, mapping services and training in Yogjakarta for post-disaster telecommunication network planning, rehabilitation and vulnerability reduction.

    The objectives of this post-disaster assistance are:

    Provide very high resolution pre-disaster geographical mapping,
    Provide very high resolution post-disaster mapping to be used in rehabilitation operations and planning of telecom networks,
    Provide geographical mapping information for reducing vulnerability of critical infrastructure, e.g., telecommunications network when future disasters strike,
    Provide assistance in interpreting data and information from the geographical maps,
    Conduct related training of staff as required,
    Provide GIS Software.

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    The International Telecommunication Union has deployed satellite terminals to Suriname in response to a request for assistance by the government following an ongoing disaster. The equipment will facilitate timely flow of information among humanitarian workers in the field. The satellite terminals that are charged by solar panels support voice, high speed data and video applications.

    So far, response efforts have been hampered by damage to roads, airstrips and other parts of the South American nation's infrastructure including telecommunications. As the country gets more and more into the rainy season, authorities expect the flooding to worsen and heavy rains were forecast for the next few days.

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    Immediately following the massive earthquake that struck the Pakistan-India border area in October 2005, ITU sent 55 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links.

    The terminals would be used to coordinate relief and rescue operations, and help establish public call centres to provide essential information to families and friends searching for their loved ones.

    To facilitate the deployment of the telecommunication equipment, Pakistan quickly designated 40 officials to be responsible for communications. These were trained by ITU in basic operations, as well as in technical aspects of the satellite terminals. Training was also provided to 22 physicians involved in a telemedicine initiative at the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi. This training was primarily on how to use the 40 RBGAN terminals that were to be deployed by medical teams helping injured people in remote areas. Diagnostic information on patients is being transmitted via satellite to hospitals, for expert analysis and advice.

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    Following the South East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami of Sunday 26 December 2004, ITU sent 14 satellite terminals (GANS) to Sri Lanka under the ITU-Inmarsat Partnership. ITU has also sent an expert to Thailand to train government designated technicians in the use of these terminals.

    Over and above the deployment of satellite terminals, ITU has already allocated 250 000 (USD) seed money to assess the damage to the telecommunication infrastructure in Indonesia, Maldives and Sri Lanka, prepare a telecommunication infrastructure rehabilitation plan, and help develop a national plan for emergency communications as part of the Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean. As well, in the event of other natural disasters or major telecommunication network failures, ITU will assist governments in preparing technical specifications and investment projects needed for infrastructure procurement while helping to prepare the documentation required to source funding for the investment projects.

    For more information click here

 

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