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 Monday, February 04, 2008

Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Date: 16 Oct 2007

Geneva, 16 October 2007 ó The International Telecommunication Union has deployed 25 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of severe floods that have affected the eastern and northern regions of Uganda since August this year. Several districts were ravaged by torrential rains and flash floods that swept through the country taking lives, marooning over 140 000 people, destroying road and communication links, and submerging crops, compelling the Government to declare a state of emergency.

With the restoration of communication links, designated government officials and other humanitarian agencies are able to more efficiently coordinate relief operations. The mobile terminals are transported by helicopter to serve people most in need.

"I noted with concern and sadness, the suffering and destruction that has been caused by floods that hit the eastern and northern regions of Uganda," said Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITUís Telecommunication Development Bureau. "There is no doubt that communication links are essential to ensure a more effective and coordinated relief effort. This is why we have, upon request from the Uganda Communications Commission, quickly deployed the resources at our disposal."

For more information, go to Reliefweb at http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/KHII-7833NC?OpenDocument