TeliaSonera’s relief actions in Nepal

TeliaSonera's rescue and relief operation is making progress in earthquake stricken Kathmandu. The team has attended to injured employees and is currently working to establish a medical center close to Ncell’s provisional HQ.

"We have built a barrack to function as a medical center for primarily Ncell’s employees and their relatives", says Björn Strid, security advisor at TeliaSonera.

Björn Strid is part of the rescue team which departed from Stockholm to Kathmandu on Monday morning with 1 000 kilos of supplies, such as tents, water cleaning equipment and food. A doctor from the Swedish hospital Karolinska is also part of the team.

"We did home visits to slightly wounded employees on Wednesday, and we are ready to go mobile again if necessary", says Björn Strid.

"Despite the devastation, life begins partly to return to normal in Kathmandu. I see that banks and shops are open again."

One of the biggest problems in Kathmandu and Nepal is the damages on buildings and infrastructure. There is lack of inspectors who can assess building and infrastructure. Ncell’s HQ in Krishna Tower has been damaged and partly replaced by a provisional HQ at Ncell’s datacenter Ekantakuna.

Around 40 to 50 persons from Ncell, TeliaSonera and Huawei are living in tents and working in Ekantakuna which is self-sustained with water and food. Ncell and the rescue team are currently preparing to move in to a storage building in order to improve working conditions further and be able to better plan for future actions.

Most of Ncell's mobile network in Nepal is running, although several hundred sites still having power supply problems. Out of Ncell’s 2 618 sites in Nepal there were problems with approximately 400 on Thursday, compared to 600 on Monday.