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Critical communications during earthquake recovery

By: Harshita Kulshrestha
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Nov 16, 2017

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The frequency of catastrophic earthquakes is skyrocketing. No sooner had Mexico City emerged from the frightening tragedy of Sep 20, 2017, where a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed thousands in and around the city; another deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 rocked the Iraqi border on Nov 13, 2017, eclipsing the one that hit Mexico City.

This was recorded as the deadliest earthquake of 2017 so far, killing more than 450 people and injuring thousands of others in Iran and Iraq.Heavy, structural damage wascaused by the earthquake to most cities along the Iran-Iraq border, destroying even the primary hospitals in these regions. Search and rescue teams battled to dig through the rubble, in a frantic search for survivors.

Landslides and scores of aftershocks further delayed emergency response and relief operation in these remote regions, which otherwise had no access to roads.Drinking water was contaminated and electricity, phone and gas services were immobilised across a wide area, most of which was rural.

Although earthquakes have claimed millions of lives in the past 500 years, the danger is now greater than ever since the population has dramatically increased during the last two centuries, and some of the world’s most earthquake-prone regions have become the most densely populated.

These recent spates of killer earthquakes are a stark reminder of why critical communications are imperative during all natural and manmade disasters.

Iran Iraq Earthquake

Among the significant blows that earthquake or any natural disaster brings, the most immediate is the wide-scale breakdown of telecom infrastructure. Total network blackout brings communication to a halt. Therefore, in the immediate hours followed by the event, it is important to set up a reliable, dedicated communication network for first responders and aid agencies.

ResQMobil, VNL’s emergency communication, search and rescue system is perfect for that job. It is an integrated, portable solution that can be set up and deployed at the disaster site within 6 hours, in order to minimise the disaster impact. It aids emergency response by quickly establishing an independent, autonomous and ready-to-use cellular network for supporting emergency response operations at disaster-hit areas.

ResQMobil is also equipped with the latest search and rescue equipment to detect, find, and locate trapped survivors. It provides mobile location information and connectivity to active mobiles of affected civilian population, thereby helping save precious lives.

Following any disaster, a number of emergency teams from different aid agencies are deployed to affected areas. In such a scenario, it is vital to relay information from remote disaster sites to headquarters and turn raw, piecemeal information into actionable data for authorities. ResQMobil integrates with most legacy radio systems to provide actionable information to authorities seeking a bigger picture.

To know more about ResQMobil, click here.

 
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