The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced that the maximum number of telecom sites affected by the flood are restored and the count of non-functional sites has been reduced to 190 which is 0.3% of the total sites across the country. The authority said in a tweet; “Continued efforts by PTA and telecom operators to restore connectivity in flood affected areas has resulted in further reduction of non-functional sites count to 190 (0.3% of the total sites across the country).”
Press Release: Continued efforts by PTA and telecom operators to restore connectivity in flood affected areas has resulted in further reduction of non-functional sites count to 190 (0.3% of the total sites across the country).
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) September 12, 2022
Affected Telecom Sites are Inaccessible due to Flood Water
PTA has restored the maximum number of telecom sites although some of them still remain inaccessible due to flood water which is making it difficult to restore the connectivity. PTA also mentioned that 153 cell sites in Sindh and 37 in Balochistan still remain affected. “Currently, 153 cell sites in Sindh and 37 in Balochistan are affected and inaccessible due to flood water but other operational sites in the vicinity ensure that there is no communication blackout,” said the telecom regulating authority.
PTA said that it is continuously monitoring the situation and will continue to update the public about the restoration of leftover sites. As per sources, the chairman of PTA, Amir Azeem Bajwa, visited the flood-affected areas to review the steps taken to restore the telecom infrastructure. The chairman appreciated the efforts of PTA teams and telecom operating companies working in flood-affected areas.
UN Chief Urges Support for Flood-Affected Areas of Pakistan
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for increased global financial support as huge areas of the country are still underwater and hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes. He said; “Today it’s Pakistan, tomorrow it could be your country wherever you live. This is a global crisis and it requires a global response.”