KINGSTON, JAMAICA (Marketwire January 13, 2010) Digicel expresses its deep grief and concern about the devastation caused by the earthquake of magnitude 7.0 that hit Haiti yesterday. While our Turgeau building in Port-au-Prince resisted the earthquake yesterday and we couldn’t evacuate all 900 employees of the building, our very unfortunate duty is to confirm that two of our staff members lost their lives. We are deeply outraged and afflicted by these terrible losses and would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to all his family, friends and colleagues at the moment so painful. In terms of the Digicel network, while it suffered some damage during the earthquake, the network is in operation. Having said that, due to the unprecedented number of people trying to communicate with their relatives and friends in Haiti, we have gone through and we continue having an extensive congestion. To be clear, the network is currently in operation, however, some people they can continue to have difficulties to make or receive calls.
This morning, we sent a team of technical experts to Haiti to accurately assess the situation in the field and the type of support required in terms of network and emergency response teams. We have announced a donation of US$ 5 million for NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) in Haiti to support the massive relief effort to help the reconstruction of Haiti. We will also launch donation lines during the next open hours so the public can make donations to the people of Haiti, with the support of a grassroots campaign of press, radio and TV. Obviously, we are all deeply dismayed. This is a very unfortunate day for the people of Haiti and Digicel and we will do whatever is necessary to support the desperately needed relief efforts. The team spirit and commitment to support of the entire organization, including former employees, are extremely appreciated and needed. Today we will assess what resources and specific help additional we need and we will arrange to bring this human capital to Haiti as soon as possible. The people of Haiti welcomed us and made us part of your community with our launch in 2006 and we are determined to offer our unconditional support in their times of need. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and we would like to assure you that Digicel is well prepared to help them as much as we can in these difficult moments original author and source of the article.