TSF installed high-speed satellite connectivity in the first humanitarian coordination center installed in Les Cayes, the main city in one of the areas most affected by the powerful earthquake that hit southwestern Haiti on August 14.
Access to areas near the epicenter has been particularly difficult for humanitarian organizations due to poor security and heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Grace. This huge depression hit the same region two days after the earthquake and significantly damaged transport infrastructure.
“We joined the first convoys heading to the south-west of the country and provided satellite connectivity to the operations coordination center which was set up here in Les Cayes. This connection enables reliable information sharing between the local team of the National Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC) and the national level in Port-au-Prince. It is also speeding up the establishment of the coordination center with the United Nations team for disaster assessment and coordination (UNDAC), ”commented Florent Bervas, TSF head of mission in Haiti.
The Les Cayes coordination center is set to become the main coordination center for the humanitarian response in the affected areas and will serve all relief organizations arriving on the ground.
At the same time, members of the TSF team also provide telecom support to UNDAC assessment operations carried out in the vicinity of Jérémie and Les Cayes, for example in the disaster areas of Aquin and Caveau Jean-Baptiste. These assessments made it possible to provide precise information on the damage and the needs of the populations to Haitian government agencies and organizations involved in the disaster response.
Over 2,200 victims have been confirmed, over 300 are still missing and over 12,000 injured. TSF works closely with the United Nations, Civil Protection, the National Emergency Operations Center (COUN), Help.ngo and all other organizations present in the field to ensure reliable telecom connectivity is available in the most critical areas. highest priority assigned. by the earthquake.