On 3rd October 2016, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew hit the south west tip of Haiti with sustained wind speeds of 233 km/h. According to the United Nations, 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and at least 546 Haitians are reported dead.
A team of TSF ICT specialists arrived in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) on Tuesday 4th October 2016 then deployed on Wednesday 5th to Port-au-Prince. The teams were dispatched to the towns of Jérémie and Les Cayes respectively on 6th and 7th October in order to provide telecommunication support to the Departmental Emergency Operations Centres (COUD) and international NGOs. A reinforcement team from TSF’s Operational Base for the Americas and the Caribbean in Mexico arrived in the field on 9th October.
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
04/10: Arrival in Santo Domingo
05/10: Arrival in Port-au-Prince
06/10: ICT support to the COUD and humanitarian community in Jérémie
07/10: ICT support to the COUD and humanitarian community in Les Cayes and beginning of Humanitarian Calling Operations in the department of Grand’Anse
08/10: Beginning of Humanitarian Calling Operations in the department of Sud
09/10: Arrival of reinforcement team with a VSAT in Port-au-Prince
17/10: Deployment of VSAT in Jérémie
21/10: VSAT installation in Jérémie