Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda NetHope Situation Report 1

Report
from NetHope
Published on 08 Nov 2013 View Original

Telecommunication Situation

The telecommunication provider Globe reports that 20% of their network in Visayas region has been disrupted, particularly in the provinces of Biliran, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Western Samar and Iloilo. Around 6% of their network in Mindanao has been disrupted, particularly in the provinces of Camiguin, Dinagat Islands and Surigaodel Norte.

The telecommunication provider Smart reports disruption in the provinces of Eastern Samar, Leyte (with totall loss of service in Tacloban and Ormoc), and in parts of Northern Cebu. Latest reports indicate that service in Ormoc is being restored.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports no cell phone signals in Regions VII & VIII and that communication is interrupted in 24 municipalities in Northern Cebu. Furthermore, they report power interruptions in the following provinces and municipalities in regions IV-B, V, VII, and VIII:

  • San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu

  • Toorijos and Buenavista, Mariduque

  • Naujan, Oriental Mindoro

  • Bicol Region — Intermittent power

  • Parts of Danao City, and Municipality of Tuburan, Cebu

  • Albay, Masbate, Cataduanes, parts of Camarines Sur & Sorsogon

  • Leyte, Easter Samar

  • Camiguin

The Global Emergency Telecommunication Cluster is preparing for a possible activation of the cluster following a request from the Government of Philippines to the UN Humanitarian Country Team to provide support in restoring communication services. An ETC Coordinator is being deployed to the Philippines on Saturday. The cluster is also looking at deploying telecommunication equipment if needed.

Télécoms Sans Frontiérs (TSF) deployed a team to the area before the storm. They will be working closely with UN OCHA and Smart to provide telecommunication services to response organizations and affected communities. In collaboration with Smart, they will also be leveraging the Vodafone Instant Network solution to help restore communication services in the worst affected areas.

NetHope Member Response

The following NetHope member organizations are currently responding or planning to respond:

  • AmeriCares

  • CARE

  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

  • ChildFund International

  • Direct Relief

  • Heifer

  • International Federation of Red Cross / Red Crescent (IFRC)

  • MercyCorps

  • Oxfam

  • Plan International

  • Save the Children

  • World Vision International

NetHope is identifying the ICT needs of its members and their local implementation partners and coordinating with its member and partners to formulate response plans as the needs become more clear. NetHope is also coordinating with its private sector partners on potential in-kind support to those affected.

NetHope is reaching out to its supporters to mobilize the resources needed to support the emergency relief and recovery operations of our member organizations. Individuals are invited to support NetHope’s work by donating to our Emergency Response Fund. Corporations, foundations, and other organizations interested in supporting our efforts either financially or through in-kind donation, are asked to contact our emergency group directly at emergency @ NetHope dot org.