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TSF rushes to aid flood relief efforts in Myanmar

Communications experts from aid agency Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) are assisting relief efforts in Myanmar (Burma) after devastation caused by a tropical storm.

Typhoon Mahasen, which caused landslides and widespread flooding, is reported to have forced 78,000 people to flee their homes.

The TSF team dispatched members of its regional team based in Bangkok to the State of Rakhine after a request from the United Nations (UN).

Assess damage
Its experts will be using satellite communications to assist the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination teams (UNDAC).

"Our experts will assess damage to telecoms infrastructure and provide telecommunications support to the evaluation teams using the Télécoms Sans Frontières' specialised equipment," said a TSF spokesman.

Members of the Inmarsat-sponsored charity are equipped with Inmarsat BGAN terminals and IsatPhone Pro satellite phones.