August 6, 2015, Yangon–Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”)is working closely with tower companies and local relief authorities to ensure their cellular network remains operational in the face of worsening flood conditions in parts of the country.
At present, 41 of the 2,585 sites on Telenor’s network have either been shut down due to being submerged, or are inaccessible due to landslides and rising flood waters that are hampering recovery efforts. A majority of these sites are in Sagaing, Magwe, Bago and Ayeyarwaddy regions.
“We are working hard to ensure that as far as possible our network remains accessible in these very difficult times,” said Petter Furberg, Chief Executive Officer. “The current conditions have made this a very steep challenge for the entire industry - but we will continue doing our best to enablecustomers to connect with their loved ones and get critical updates and information, while also keeping our staff safe.
“Additionally, we are collaborating with aid organisations that are already on the ground to deliver emergency help to those who have been displaced by the disaster. We are deeply saddened by the impact this disaster has had on so many communities, and will continue to assess and make contributions in areas where we can make a difference,” Mr. Furberg added.
More than MMK 130million from Telenor contributed via emergency relief agencies
To date, Telenor has delivered more than MMK 130million to relief organisations who are delivering aid to communities in severely impacted areas:
- MMK 10million to the Sagaing Youth Social Work Organisation as emergency relief for up to 5,000 flood victims in Kyun Hla, Kantbalu, and Kawlin townships of Sagaing division.
- MMK 60million through Network Activities Group (NAG) to deliver basic food and non-food items to relief centres in Kalay township in Sagaing state, and Pwintbyu, Sadoktaya and Yenangyaung townships in Magwe state, for up to 14,000 flood victims.
- Additional MMK 60million through NAG for affected communities in Hinthadatownship in Ayeyarwaddy state, for an estimated 25,000 flood victims.
Contributions from Telenor Group and other business units
Contributions have also been pledged by Telenor Group (Telenor Myanmar’s parent company) and another sister business unit. Telenor Group has pledged USD100,000, to be channelled via the Norwegian Red Cross to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). dtac in Thailand have also commenced an SMS donation drive with proceeds going to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and are offering 50% discounts on airtime transfer done between their customers and Telenor Myanmar’s subscribers; both initiatives will run until 24th and 13th August respectively.Telenor Group is a major owner in dtac.
In addition, Telenor’s employees have also pledged individual cash contributions that will be channelled to impacted communities through the Yangon-Based Youth Volunteer Network (YBYVN). All cash contributions received from Telenor Myanmar’s employees will be doubled by the organisation. Telenor’s sales and regional staff have also volunteered to deliver aid to displaced communities in several parts of the country.
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