[Via Satellite 12-18-2014] Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), the Inmarsat-sponsored telecoms agency, has entered Eastern Samar in the Philippines to provide crucial emergency communications in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit.
Following assessments of the towns spanning Borongan to Artechi, many of which were destroyed by floods and landslides, TSF reported that mobile networks had been established but there was no Internet connection — crucial for the coordination of aid operations for people in isolated and impoverished communities. ICT support teams have now connected three of the worst-hit towns, Borongan, Oras and Dolores, by positioning Inmarsat BGAN terminals in the city hall and hospital in Dolores and in the municipal buildings of the other two towns. In Dolores and Oras alone, Hagupit has affected more than 84,000 people.
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