In the aftermath of Cyclone Batsirai, which hit Madagascar late on Saturday 5 February, Eutelsat Communications stepped in to provide Gulfsat Madagascar with satellite equipment and in-orbit resources on its EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite to aid the World Food Programme’s (WFP) disaster relief coordination efforts.
The typhoon caused significant floods and infrastructure damage across the country. To this end, the World Food Programme used in-orbit capacity provided by Eutelsat’s satellite and Gulfsat Madagascar’s ground-breaking telecom expertise to provide vital support to early relief operations by deploying telecommunications resources in zones where terrestrial networks had been damaged, saturated, or destroyed by the cyclone.
Philippe Oliva, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented, “We are proud to deliver equipment and resources to the World Food Programme, which we have supported since 2015, in the face of this humanitarian disaster.”
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