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AIT students arrive at Nepal with TSF to provide emergency communication services

AIT students arrive at Kathmandu, Nepal, along with Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), to provide emergency communication services.
1. Ms. Serena Amatya (Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM), Master’s student)
2. Mr. Niraj Bhujel (Telecommunications, Master’s student)
3. Mr. Dhruba Adhikary (For AIT Staff and Alumni, who has been coordinating the operation from Nepal)

Field report by Ms Serena Amatya

27 April 2015
We went to Suvarnabhumi Airport around 8:30 am. try to get an air ticket to Nepal by Nepal Airlines, but the flight was cancelled. So, we booked another flight for the next day.

28 April 2015
We had our flight at 10:15 am and reached Nepal around 2 pm. We headed to the Army camp situated behind the TIA in Pepsi Cola.

29 April 2015
Our team with TSF went to the UN headquarters in Pulchowk to learn more about the situation. The TSF set up a BGAN network for OSOCC office. We tried to get the most affected areas where we could go to provide HCO services to the local people. The Ncell network and Nepal Telecom were also contacted to know if they needed any help from our TSF team.

30th April 2015
The TSF was divided into 2 teams. One team left for the Airport to install a network for them. Another team went up the Prithivi Highway to assess the network along the highway. The network of Nepal Telecom and Ncell were fine along the highway. So, we returned back to the camp. We discussed more on the affected areas which we identified as Barpak, Dhading and Sindhupalchowk.

1 May 2015
We divided ourselves into 2 teams. One team went to Dhading Besi to check the situation and their needs regarding phone networks. We found out from the local people that the most affected villages in Dhading are Rhea, Sertung, Lapa, Tipling where there is no transportation to reach. We assessed the place and found the Dhading Besi without much damage. Most of the houses gone were old houses made from mud.

2nd May 2015
We located 3 places: Barpak, Tipling and Tatopani as the most affected where communication is needed. Going to Barpak will take 3 hours hiking from Gorkha. Going to Tipling will take about 1.5 days trekking from Dhading Besi. We are still not sure about the situation of Sindhupalchowk.

We decided to hike up to Barpak and Tipling tomorrow early morning. We planned to stay for 3 days on the mountain to provide help to the local people. The team going to Tipling will take a week trip for the assessment and setting up HCO in Tipling and nearby villages.

More information about this mission progress can be viewed from TSF website.

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