Photos: The role of technology in the Chile aid effort

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Satellite phones enable communication after the comms infrastructure was damaged

Source:  TSF

The role of technology in the Chile aid effort: Satellite phones enable communication after the comms infrastructure was damaged

The TSF team flew from its base in Managua to Santiago via Panama and Argentina. Here a team member uses a satellite phone - these are crucial in the aftermath of a disaster - as Chile's communications infrastructure was severely damaged by the earthquake.

 

When a natural disaster strikes, one of the essential services that fail is the communications network.

Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) is a key part of the operation to re-establish links between people and help aid agencies co-ordinate their efforts. Currently, its work in Chile is providing crucial support to those affected by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country on 27 February 2010.

These pictures illustrate how technology is helping in the aid effort.

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