MPT offers donations and assistance to flood victims
The communication company helps keep people in touch with emergency services and an SMS donation line
Yangon, Myanmar, August 5, 2015 – Myanma Posts Telecommunications (MPT), the first and leading telecommunications operator in the country, announced today their donation plans for the Myanmar people in the affected flooded areas.
On Tuesday, August 4, MPT donated 10 million Kyats each to Rakhine State and Sagaing Division through two Regional MPT Managers and will follow with a 10 million Kyats donation to Magwe on August 5. The company also plans to send an additional 3,000 food packages for delivery on Wednesday, August 5 to Chin, Rakhine, Sagaing, and Magway.
Packages will be delivered by the air in cooperation with the Myanmar airlines and will include rice, water, cereal, electrolyte, water purification tablets, and fried shrimp paste. MPT will also donate 20 million Kyats to ministry of social welfare, relief & resettlement in Nay Pyi Taw on August 5.
Along with the food supplies and monetary donations, MPT has also provide 10 satellite phones with additional top-up cards for MCIT to help with communication for any emergency and/or damage at base refugee camps.
Beginning on Thursday, August 6, MPT is also setting up an SMS donation option (for MPT prepaid GSM/WCDMA). People who would like to donate to flood victims can send Free SMS to 2001 and type 500 in message box.(Example, send to : 2001, Message Box : 500 ). After sending the SMS, 500 Kyats will be deducted from the account balance. There is no limit to the number of times a user can repeat the donation, as long as there remains a balance on the SIM card.
“Our thoughts are with all of the people in the affected areas and their families. These donations are a way for us to show our support for the people of Myanmar,” said U Khin Maung Tun, Deputy CEO, MPT-KSGM (KDDI Summit Global Myanmar Co. Ltd.) Joint Operations.
“We are also receiving enquires about the network breakdown in some areas. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and putting plans into place to begin repairs as soon as possible. In areas where MPT operations have been hampered by the flooding, we are looking for temporary solutions to assist with communications, such as setting up a satellite connection near evacuation camps so that people can connect with their loved ones” said U Khin Maung Tun.
MPT will provide the CDMA handsets to the camps of flooded area to be used as public phones where the GSM system has sustained damage. MPT will provide CDMA handset as a fixed phone type and station at the camps so that people can have seamless communication with their loved ones in other regions.
“We will keep our Facebook page and LINE official account updated with news on the network and repairs in place. We will also be updating all customers about breaking news around weather forecast and developments via SMS” added Mr. Takashi Nagashima, CEO MPT-KSGM (KDDI Summit Global Myanmar Co. Ltd.) Joint Operations.