SLT and Mobitel assist flood victims
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and Mobitel, together with the Ministry of
Telecommunication and Information Technology is to support the Disaster
Management Centre to help victims hit by heavy rains and floods
especially in the Kalkudai and Ampara areas. They believe that it is
their responsibility to support the government in its disaster relief
efforts to help people stranded in flood affected areas.
The severe flooding has had a devastating impact and has also
affected the company’s network, disrupting telephone services in these
areas. The company assures its customers and the public that SLT staff
are working around the clock to restore services and to support national
disaster relief efforts.
The Disaster Recovery Management team of SLT is in the process of
enabling all its regional offices and field maintenance centres as
collection centers for essential goods for distribution to flood
victims. The company, together with the Ministry of Telecommunication
and IT and the Disaster Management Centre will co-ordinate the
distribution of collected goods amongst the flood victims.
SLT and its subsidiary Mobitel encourages customers to donate by
sending a text message from their Mobitel mobile phone or SLT CDMA fixed
phone to the special number ‘5050’. The customer will be charged Rs. 10
for each text message which will be matched rupee for rupee by SLT or
Mobitel as the case may be and donated to the relief efforts.