Emergency Telecommunications Cluster: Response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), 14 February 2014
Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central Philippines on 8 November, killing over 6,000 people, displacing some four million (including 789,000 children), and destroying national telecommunications in the affected area. With no confirmed timeframe on the restoration of these services by national operators, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was activated to provide security communications, Internet connectivity and coordination services to the humanitarian community.
With WFP as the lead agency, ETC partners, including emergency.lu, Ericsson Response, MSB, IrishAid, Save the Children, Plan International, OCHA, GSMA, Global VSAT Forum and NetHope (and their partner BT), are supporting the provision of shared communications services with personnel, equipment, information and operating space. ETC activities are expected to continue into Q2 2014, after which, it is hoped, the national telecommunications infrastructure will be restored.