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 Friday, December 13, 2013


We are pleased to publish ‘Mobile Phone Network Data for Development’, a primer on how analysis of Call Detail Records (CDRs) can provide valuable information for humanitarian and development purposes.

Earlier this year we produced the Global Pulse “Big Data for Development Primer”, an introductory guide for the global development community, summarizing key terms, concepts, case studies and challenges around big data.

Our new primer, Mobile Phone Network Data for Development, is an accessible synthesis of a growing body of research on mobile phone data analysis in development or humanitarian contexts. For example, de-identified CDRs have allowed researchers to see aggregate geographic trends such as the flow of mass populations during after natural disasters, how malaria can spread via human movement, or the passage of commuters through a city at peak times.

The document explains three types of indicators that can be extracted through analysis of CDRs (mobility, social interaction and economic activity), includes a synthesis of several research examples and a summary of privacy protection considerations.

(Source: United Nations Global Pulse)

Friday, December 13, 2013 5:11:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 10, 2013
Young social entrepreneurs seek to change the world with technology

ITU Telecom has announced the winners of its third annual Young Innovators’ Competition. Open to young social entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 26 from around the world, the competition seeks innovative digital solutions in the form of start-ups or initial concepts meeting global developmental challenges. The winners will be heading to ITU Telecom World 2013, the leading networking, solutions showcasing and knowledge-sharing event for the global ICT community in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 - 22 November.
From over 600 entries from 88 countries worldwide, 10 submissions were selected as having the greatest possible social impact and potential for business success:

- Al Dalilah Advanced Operational GPS represented by Ahmed Fawzi from Egypt – an advanced tracking and first response system using meteorological data.
- Broad Street Maps represented by Hannah Judge from the USA – producing individualized healthcare maps to support health organizations.
- KUMBA Connect represented by Keston Perry from Trinidad and Tobago – an interface connecting unemployed Caribbean migrants with technical skills based in the UK with Caribbean-based companies.
- Land-Sea Digital Bridge represented by Nguyen Tran Hoang from Viet Nam – an HF digital radio communication system connecting fishing boats and shore stations.
- M-Tambula represented by Brenda Katwesigye from Uganda – providing the elderly with easy access to public services using Interactive Voice Response over mobile phones.
- NduruApp represented by Thomas Kioko from Kenya – a one-stop mobile app to manage all aspects of road safety.
- Open Curriculum represented by Varun Arora from India – an online platform for local K12 educational material for standard, primary and secondary schooling.
- SalvageHub represented by Oscar Ekponimo from Nigeria – a web and mobile platform to reduce food wastage at individual and retail levels.
- SiSwApp represented by Timothy McDermott from Australia/ Swaziland – an English-SiSwati  translation app aimed at migrant workers.
- Tudlo Disaster and Emergency App represented by Yvone Loremia from the Philippines – a multi-purpose information platform for emergency and disaster situations.

At ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, the Young Innovators’ Competition winners will take part in an accelerator programme to take their projects to the next level via one-on-one mentorship sessions with start-up mentors and business experts, hands-on workshop training, peer mentoring from the winners of the 2012 competition, and the opportunity to showcase their projects to the event's influential audience at the InnovationSpace on the showfloor. The winners will also be competing for up to USD 5,000 prize money for great concepts, and up to USD 10,000 for innovative start-ups.

“These are bright young minds with creative technological solutions to developmental challenges both in their communities and in the wider world”, said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Toure. “Bringing the competition winners to the forefront of the global ICT stage at ITU Telecom World connects them with the event's influential audience, with the entrepreneurial experiences and with the success stories of their expert mentors and their peers from 2012. These are the connections and conversations that matter, with the power to make a real difference in the world”.

For further information on the Young Innovators Programme and Competition, please see world2013.itu.int/event/young-innovators-competition-2013/

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:44:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Ministry of Transport and Communications launched today the campaign of information and guidance to the public on the proper use of emergency telecommunications services, which at first time involves telephone operators, radio and television who have been committed to broadcast nationwide and for free, messages for the public to learn to communicate in case of earthquakes.

The campaign launch was attended by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr. Enrique Cornejo, the chief of INDECI, General Luis Palomino, the CEO of Telefonica del Peru, Javier Manzanares, Manager Regulatory of Nextel del Peru, Ernesto Montagne, Nachtigall Delgado Hogo President of the National Society of Radio and Television and Vice President of the association, Marcello Cuneo.

The goal of the campaign is to teach people the 3 basic steps to follow in an emergency: First, to communicate with family members the people should sent a text messages; Second, use the internet, if we have this service available and Third, if we found in the area of ​​emergency, dial 119 and leave a voice message.

The Minister of Transport said that telecommunications are crucial in all phases of emergency management. This is essential from the prevention and disaster management to the relief efforts.

In this regard, the Head of INDECI, General Luis Palomino said that the information campaign on telecommunications services in emergency cases is a significant advance in emergency preparation.

National and international experience shows that in cases of earthquakes, the public telecommunications networks, including fixed and mobile networks are not infallible and could present technical restrictions during the first hours or days of the emergency due to the interruption of power supply, falling poles, broken cables, antennas and congestion of calls.

(Source: INDECI)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:14:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 19, 2011

Anar Foundation will expand its helpline to young people Quechua´s speaker who live at risk, thus they expected to be available to population of 1 million 270 thousand children, adolescents and youth, in most excluded areas of the country.

Under the slogan "Your voice will protect you", the foundation Anar expand its service line from Friday May 20th to all calls in Quechua to be made from landline or public telephone, conducted at national level, free of charge and confidential from Monday to Saturday (from 09:00 to 21:00).

Germán Guajardo, president of Telephone Anar said that the Quechua service arose from the need to expand the practice of counseling psychology with an inclusive approach that benefits the most excluded populations in the country, figures that come to 850 thousand children 420 thousand adolescents and young people, according to statistics from INEI (2007).
He noted that from July 1998 until April 2011, 342.478 calls were received nationwide.

The most recurrent problems reported by children and adolescents are physical violence, psychological and sexual problems; and difficulties with their parents as well as psychological problems.

These cases are treated with due confidentiality,
they receive support and guidance that they need to strengthen personal aspects of the victim by promoting a culture of peace and good deal with zero tolerance for violence.

Finally,
Mr. Guajardo said that any request, advice or guidance needed by children and young people can also be performed via email, entering in the www.anarperu.org website, in the link: “Need help?”.

(Source: Andina News)

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:15:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 19, 2011

International tender was won by Global Consortium Systems Chile SA which must deliver a platform of national coverage that will operate at, no cost to users, the five mobile companies in the country. Emergency alerts received on mobile handsets with compatible format will be similar to an SMS text message, targeted by geography, by location and type of emergency determined by ONEMI.

All Chile remember to Martina Maturana, the girl who ran to the square of the Robinson Crusoe Island in the morning of 27F, to alert their neighbors to the tsunami by ringing a bong. Thanks to this timely warning thousands of life could be saved. Beyond the heroic act of Martina, for the Government is a social duty that security people do not depend only of the luck. In this context, the Department of Telecommunications awarded today the international tender for the implementation of the massive warning system for cell phones that ONEMI will use massively to warn people how to act in cases of emergency.

Emergency alerts received on compatible mobile handsets will be similar to the format of an SMS text message, targeted by geography, by location and type of emergency determined by the ONEMI. One of the major strengths of this technological system, which sends messages of 93 characters, is that operates in RF channels that are not directly affected by congestion, giving greater security at the reception of messages.

"This is a very important step to meet one of the commitments of the President in emergency issues. That families may have a mechanism for timely information that will help save lives before a natural disaster", said the Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter.

Pedro Pablo Errazuriz, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, said that this development is part of joint efforts made by the SUBTEL and ONEMI: "2010 was succeeded in establishing a new emergency communications system of the State that has multiple backups, and the task this year is to have a communication system operating automatic with the families which will be useful to inform people on time".

For his part, the sub secretary of Telecommunications, Jorge Atton, stated that "this system of massive messages to compatible phones, that will operate from December 2011, may be used in a second stage of gradually in television, as the Free digital TV reception will be deployed in the country, another reason to accelerate the adoption of digital TV law that sets a deadline for TV channels to carry digital coverage areas. In three years 85% of the country will have digital coverage and in five years 100%, after regulatory approval".


(Source: Subtel
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:03:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 15, 2011

ITU Activities in Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Relief

Disasters disrupt national economies, severely weaken the poor and vulnerable and are recognized as major impediments to sustainable development and reduction of poverty especially in poor countries. The impact is even worse for those living in remote and isolated areas with no access to basic information and communication facilities that are essential to providing vital alerting information.

In order to mitigate the impact of disasters, timely dissemination of authoritative information before, during, and after disasters is critical. ITU’s activities in the field of radiocommunications make invaluable contribution to disaster management as they facilitate the prediction, detection, and alerting through the coordinated and effective use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the establishment of radio standards and guidelines concerning the usage of radiocommunication systems.

ITU’s telecommunication technical standards also play a strategic role in ensuring global interconnection and interoperability of telecommunications networks for monitoring and management at the onset and during emergency and disaster situations. A number of Recommendations have been developed for call priority schemes that ensure that relief workers can get communication lines when they need to, whether using traditional or next generation communications networks. Complementary to the need to provide call priority during emergencies is the ability to deliver warnings to users, and standards are fundamental to ensure that warnings are timely delivered uncorrupted from the source to the end users – no matter how they can be reached.

The development arm of the ITU considers emergency telecommunications an integral part of its development agenda. For this reason, a lot of effort is directed at mainstreaming disaster management in telecommunications/information and communication technology projects and activities as part of disaster preparedness. This includes infrastructure development, and the establishment of enabling policy, legal and regulatory frameworks. In the immediate aftermath of disasters, ITU deploys temporary telecommunications/ICT solutions to assist countries affected by disasters. This includes the provision of basic telecommunications and telemedicine applications via satellites. Reconstruction and rehabilitation of telecommunications/ICT networks is an important part of disaster management. After providing assistance for disaster relief and response, ITU undertakes assessment missions to affected countries aimed at determining the magnitude of damages to the network through the use of geographical information systems. On the basis of its findings, ITU and the host country embark on the resuscitation of the infrastructure while ensuring that disaster resilient features are integrated to reduce network vulnerability in the event of disasters striking in the future.

(Source: Emergency Telecoms - ITU)

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Friday, April 15, 2011 6:31:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The technological system that Japan used during the recent earthquake and tsunami will be used in Chile. This system let sends a massive message to cell phones and televisions in a short time, informing the population how to act in case of disaster.

Subtel will award in April to the company that will implement the mass technology alert system, which will be technically operating for mobile phones at the end of 2011. In a second stage, they can use it in televisions gradually, as the deployment of free digital TV reception in the country will be real.

The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, Tetsuo Yamakawa, the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Pedro Pablo Errazuriz, and the subsecretary of Telecommunications, Jorge Atton, highlighted that this platform is one of the potential of Digital Television ISDBT standard adopted by Chile and 11 other countries.

No family is without information in an emergency, is the purpose of massive alert system which is bidding for the Government of Chile, to have a technology platform similar to that is in Japan. Just to show the advantages of early warning system in the Nippon country arrived to Chile the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Tetsuo Yamakawa, to participate in the 4th International Digital Forum on TV ISDBT which brings together the twelve countries that adopted the International Japanese digital television standard.

The Japanese government authority and the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile, Pedro Pablo Errazuriz, and the Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Jorge Atton, presented a demo of the technological model of emergencies that Japan used to inform the people during the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck their country.

Both governments highlighted that one of the potential of Digital Television ISDBT standard, adopted by Chile, is implement over this protocol on a mass alert platform that lets the people to send an emergency message to cell phones and televisions, in a short time informing the public how to act in disaster.

"The experience of Japan in the development of digital technologies and their effective use in emergency situations is a reference for us and we see in this multilateral opportunity to continue learning from them", said the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Pedro Pablo Errazuriz.

(Source: Subtel Chile)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:12:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 21, 2011

Re-establishing communications vital for search and rescue in tsunami-affected areas

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.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré had communicated with the Government of Japan, expressing profound sorrow at the loss of life, injuries and human displacement as well as the extensive damage to property and infrastructure. With the deployment of emergency telecommunications equipment, Dr Touré said, “ITU is prepared to help the Government and people of Japan in every way possible in their hour of need and to deal with the colossal tragedy that has overwhelmed the country with unimaginable loss of life and property. I hope the deployment of emergency telecommunications equipment will assist the Government of Japan in search and rescue operations and re-establish vital communication links”.

Re-establishing communications is a critical tool particularly in the immediate aftermath of disasters to ensure timely intervention and support for the victims and to assist in rescue and rehabilitation efforts.


(Source: ITU – Newsroom)

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Monday, March 21, 2011 10:43:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 15, 2011

From early morning, once they known the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the alert to the possible implications in the coastal area of the country, the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Society, Jaime Guerrero Ruiz, made available immediately for increase the Internet capacity (bandwidth) in the main monitoring and control of the National Secretariat of Risk. Similarly, mobile operators modified their ability to give priority to the coastal sector.

Once determined by the President of the Republic, Econ. Rafael Correa, who runs the meeting with the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) in Guayaquil, to monitor, analyze and manage preventive evacuation operations along the coast and the island region, the Minister Guerrero decided to increase the capacity of the bandwidth at the offices of the entity.

This resolution was established in order to take advantage of the technological tools and be witness of the reports and the testimony from the governors and the commanders of the bases of Galapagos, through the technology that allowed reporting inmediatly to the president Correa and to the media about the real situation in coastal areas and the Galapagos Islands.

The efficient use of ICT was innovative because it was crucial to stay calm in the population; as it were instantaneous reports said the Minister of Telecommunications. "It is important to note that the country did not have these tools in the past and that with the presence of the National Government through the Ministry of Telecommunications, day by day we promote the access to information and communication technology tools that allow a radical redefinition of the functioning of society to improve the quality of life across the population", added the Minister.

(Source: Mintel - Ecuador)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 1:05:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Digital Brigade's of the ICT Ministry will conduct a simulation of earthquake with the participation of the School of Engineering, Militar University of Nueva Granada. This exercise aims to involve communities in digital volunteers in order to use the technology for the relief agencies responsible for dealing with natural disasters in the country.

The idea of bringing an earthquake simulation was born into the mastery of risk management of the Nueva Granada Military University. Once the ICT Ministry met this unique initiative in the country, joined the squad through the “Redsalvavidas de la Brigada Digital”, a volunteer group whose purpose is to demonstrate that ICT also save lives.

The aim is to advance a simulation of an "earthquake" that would fictitious centered in the university area of the city of Manizales. Digital Volunteers, 42 in total, grouped into twitter and mappers in the country, will be connected with the “crisis room” of the Nueva Granada Military University and through its technological tools facilitate the work of institutions responsible for dealing with disasters such phenomena
natural.

The fictional exercise intended several reports to advance the public perception of the earthquake through various reports supplied by the twitter notionally exercise participants, who represent the Manizales affected by the earthquake of course.

The event will simulate the actions to be brought forward during the first four days after the earthquake. Between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. will develop the analysis of what is known as “EDAN”, the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis of the community, allegedly affected during the first day of natural phenomenon, and between 11:00 am and 2:00 p.m. the work will focus on actions to be brought forward in the three remaining days of the phenomenon.

This exercise aims to involve technology in the service of natural phenomena that occur in the country and offer alternatives supported by tools like Twitter and digital maps.

(Source: Mintic - Colombia)

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:18:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, November 21, 2010
New law addresses the weaknesses of the networks of telecommunications in disasters, which were revealed in the earthquake of 27 February, especially on backup power antennas, quality of communication services and delivering timely and accurate information to citizens. In case of suspension, interruption or alteration of public telephone service and Internet, users will be compensated.

After the earthquake on last 27 February, President Piñera assumed as one of its commitments to restructure the country's emergency agencies and creating an early warning system "to avoid repetition of dialogues, confusion, ambiguity, we could observe that although we had institutions in charge, none fulfilled its duty to warn the Chileans and may have saved many lives", said the president.

The presidential task has taken a big step forward with the final approval of the National Congress of the Law on Reconstruction and Emergency Telecommunications, which was released yesterday unanimously for the enactment of the Executive. The new body of law creates an early warning system, following the best practices implemented in the U.S.A and Japan, for accurate and timely inform the public how to act in case of disaster.

At the same time, the Act addresses the weaknesses and shortcomings in telecommunications networks exposed after the earthquake happened, increasing the demands on telephone and Internet companies, especially in the field of energy support networks, service quality and communication compensation to users regarding failures or interruptions.

On this last point, the law grants public treatment and Internet service provides automatic deduction and payment of compensation in case of suspension, interruption or disruption of telephone service and Internet. It also clarifies that the discounts and allowances should also apply to services with flat plans and prepaid.

In this way, it seeks to ensure emergency service continuity in the public telecommunications system, providing to the State the tools to coordinate actions and have better
infrastructure prepared, identifying critical sites in the network that should have special measures security.

(Source: SUBTEL - Chile)
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Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:02:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 31, 2010
On the occasion of the National Earthquake Simulation, the Minister of Transportation and Communications from Peru, Enrique Cornejo Ramírez, called to the public to use the telecommunications responsibly to any disaster or emergency situations. In that sense, beside the main officer from Telefonica del Peru, the minister presented the spot "1, 2, 3 ... communication in disaster situations" which aims to raise awareness on the proper use of telecommunications services in emergencies.

The minister explained that according the international and national experience, in cases of earthquakes or natural disasters, communication networks are congested, because in a situation of this nature, all people want to communicate with their family and that creates congestion. Therefore, it is important to be properly prepared to facilitate communications in an emergency situation, using SMS (Short Messages Service) or Internet.

It is very important to consider the following recommendations:
1. Avoid calling, and do not insist in case the call is not completed because this makes the network even more congested. In case the call is got, everybody should be sure that the call will not take more than a minute. In an emergency situation, as it was described, communication is a scarce resource and should be used responsibly.

2. Use text messages. It is a very efficient communication channel, as it uses minimal resources, it has a better chance to reach their destination in a congested environment.

3. Use the Internet to send emails and communicate via chat, Facebook, Tiwter, etc. Like the text, this channel consumes minimal bandwidth compared to voice communication.


Source: MTC and AHCIET
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 5:37:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Technology experts from charity Telecoms Sans Frontieres are providing emergency telecoms services to the victims of the flooding in Pakistan.

TSF, which has been in Pakistan since 9 August, said it has been providing telecoms services to victims of the flooding to allow them to call relatives and friends abroad. Around 945 families have been provided with calls so far, according to TSF. “For many people, the call provided by TSF is the first call since the outbreak of the disaster,” the organization said. “Many victims have lost their mobile phone or are in places with no electricity to recharge or simply have no money to buy credit.”

According to UN officials, the Pakistan floods cover an area the size of England with up to 20 million people affected. At least 1,600 people have been killed, with health officials warning the toll could rise as water-borne diseases spread, TSF reported.

TSF said it has 8 mobile teams, equipped with satellite and GSM phones, in the districts of Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda and plan to operate in the country for at least a month. The teams are composed of one man and one woman to allow both men and women to make a call, TSF said.

TSF staff also provides support to OCHA/UNDAC and the other UN agencies in the inter-agency office in Multan, Punjab Province. This assignment is scheduled until staff from the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and other OCHA partners (IHP) take over. TSF continues to coordinate with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) as per further needs for ICT support to aid agencies.

Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) deployed to Haiti in January to respond the impact of the earthquake in the country. The charity specialises in setting up communications infrastructure to allow aid-agencies to communicate on the ground more effectively.

( Sources: eweek europe, TSF )

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:58:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has issued a global appeal for contributions to assist the flood-affected victims in Pakistan. ITU’s emergency telecommunications team is also working with the Government of Pakistan towards rehabilitating the telecommunication infrastructure, which has been rendered inoperative in many parts of the country.

The floods ravaging Pakistan are the worst ever in living memory. 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.

“The whole world is in deep shock as this tragedy continues to unfold,” Dr Touré said. “ITU stands in utmost solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need and I join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in urging our stakeholders to respond generously to meet the urgent demand for relief and rehabilitation efforts.”

ITU regularly contributes emergency telecommunications assistance in the wake of humanitarian disasters, such as in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January this year as well as in other parts of the world.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 10:18:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 09, 2010
Pakistan has been severely affected by unprecedented floods triggered by heavy rains. It has led to tragic loss of lives besides widespread loss of livestock, destruction of physical/communication infrastructure in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh. Flooding has submerged whole villages in the past week, killing at least 1,600 people, according to the UN. Pakistan authorities believe more than 12 million people have been affected, with the figure likely to rise as flood waters head south.

Christian aid agencies have warned that the destruction of transport and communication links is leaving many victims of the Pakistani floods virtually “cut off” from outside help. Ashraf Mall, Tearfund’s Country Representative for Pakistan, said: “It’s one of the biggest floods in the history of Pakistan. People need food immediately as they have lost their homes and possessions. But it is not proving easy to respond to this emergency. Bridges and roads have been destroyed and the disruption of transport and communication links is making assessments difficult, with many survivors effectively cut off from outside help.”

Some pictures of Pakistanis coping with the floods can be seen here. Some ways to help through your donations are listed here.

(Sources: SAMAA, Christian Today)

Monday, August 09, 2010 2:42:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 15, 2010

earthquake-hit HaitiConnectivity is not only necessary in daily routine life but it becomes very crucial in the times of disaster. Recently Haiti has been struck with a disastrous quake which has also cut off Haiti's communications links. Re-establishment of Telecommunications in Haiti is essential for effective disaster management and efficient coordination of the rehabilitation efforts.

Many private and humanitarian organizations are contributing their part to re-connect Haiti. ITU has allocated a budget of more than 1 million USD to deal with this disastrous situation and is providing Satellite links to re-establish connectivity in the region. OLPC is offering free rugged laptops to go with rehabilitation/aid teams and are inviting such teams to contact them immediately. Telecoms Sans Frontiers (TSF) has deployed its team to provide immediate support in setting up emergency telecommunications.

We sincerely hope that Haiti would be re-connected to the world very soon! Some pictures of Haiti Earthquake can be seen here.

Friday, January 15, 2010 12:12:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |