Tropical storm hampers efforts
Operations have already been hampered by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Grace, causing significant damage to the transport infrastructure, as well as low security in the area. In addition to the Global Xpress connection, TSF has provided IsraAID with IsatPhone 2 satellite phones for added security.
Members of TSF are also supporting United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) with satellite connectivity for its operations in Jérémie and Les Cayes, gathering accurate information about the damage and needs of the people for Haiti’s governmental agencies and organisations involved in the disaster response.
To date, there have been over 2,200 casualties, more than 300 are still missing and over 12,000 injured in Haiti.
Inmarsat has been the official satellite communication partner to TSF since 2000, providing the world’s first NGO focusing on emergency-response technologies with financial aid and airtime, as well as pro-bono legal services from 2019.