ITU Deploys 35 Satellite Phones and 10 BGANs for Relief & Coordination in Nepal

ITU-Deploys-35-Satellite-Phones-and-10-BGANs-for-Relief-&-Coordination-in-NepalITU has deployed 35 satellite mobile phones and 10 satellite Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals along with solar panels and laptops to support relief and coordination efforts in Nepal.

ITU has deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Nepal following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April 2015.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the people and the Government of Nepal following loss of life even as the toll continues to rise and widespread devastation across the country,” said ITU secretary general Houlin Zhao.

“The emergency communication equipment sent by ITU will help restore vital communication links that are essential to coordinate relief and rescue efforts,” added Zhao.

“Emergency telecommunications play a critical role in the immediate aftermath of disasters,” said Brahima Sanou, director, ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

“They ensure timely flow of information that is much needed by government agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in rescue operations,” added Sanou.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), initial government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley. This includes mountainous and hilly terrain in areas where rural populations are widely dispersed as well as some very densely populated cities – the greater Kathmandu area, Bhaktapur and Pokhara.

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