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BHN sent a team to the Philippines -Survey team for support of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda-

 

After Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda) struck the Visayan Region of the Philippines on 8 November, a BHN team consisting of three members was dispatched to the Philippines on 19 November to investigate the possible support activities by BHN Association for those affected by the typhoon.

 

The three spent one day in Manila, having meetings with the members of PLDT (The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company), PDRF (Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation), certain telecommunication infrastructure construction company and others in order to collect information about the damages on the telecommunication networks and the state of their recovery, as well as the activities conducted by various groups. The team also had a chance to meet a Japanese resident in Tacloban, Leyte, the worst-hit town by the disaster, who told the team about his escape from his house which was flooded up to the shoulder.

 

Two of the members later moved to Cebu where they started to investigate possible support activities by BHN in Leyte, such as setting up Internet connections and/or installing Community Addressing Systems, while the member remaining in Manila conducted a research on the availability and the price of equipment that may become necessary in conducting the possible support activities.

 

Members in Cebu travelled to Omroc, Leyte, another severely hit town in Leyte, and its neighbouring towns. They met some local people wanting to communicate with faraway family members and friends about their safety, so that BHN members lent them their satellite phones and were very much thanked by the people.

 

Based on the survey results of the team, BHN will draw support plans for the affected people.

 

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