Photos: The role of technology in the Chile aid effort

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Helping earthquake victims contact their loved ones via satellite phone

Source:  TSF

The role of technology in the Chile aid effort: Helping earthquake victims contact their loved ones via satellite phone

A local woman in the coastal town of Duao calls relatives using one of TSF's satellite phones. Part of TSF's work during a disaster is to help those affected to get in touch with their family and receive personalised assistance and mental support.

 

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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