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World mobilises relief to Philippines


MANILA: The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged.

The Pentagon sent Marines and equipment to assist with the relief effort following the typhoon, which may have killed more than 10,000 people in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster.

Even Vietnam, despite coping itself with a mass evacuation programme as a weakened Haiyan swung onto its territory, provided emergency aid worth US$100,000 (RM319,800) and said it "stands by the Philippine people in this difficult situation".

On the ground, the relief operation was centred on the city of Tacloban on Leyte island, three days after one of the biggest storms in recorded history demolished entire communities across the central Philippines and left countless bodies as well as gnawing desperation in its wake.

Delivering on a promise of quick help from President Barack Obama, about 90 US Marines and sailors based in Japan flew into Tacloban aboard two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, after receiving a bird's eye view of the immense scale of destruction across Leyte.

They brought communication and logistical equipment to support the Philippine armed forces in their relief operation.

"We are gonna move stuff as they direct, as the Philippine government and the armed forces (ask)," Brigadier General Paul Kennedy, the head of the Okinawa-based 3rd Marine Expedition Brigade, said in Tacloban.

The Australian government pledged A$10mil (RM29.9mil), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop describing the unfolding tragedy as "absolutely devastating" and on a "massive scale".

The sum includes A$4mil (RM11.9mil) towards a UN global appeal and A$3mil (RM8.9mil) for Australian non-government organisations. The aid will include tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water containers and health and hygiene kits.

A team of Australian medics will leave tomorrow via a C17 military transport plane from Darwin to join disaster experts already on the ground, the government said.

United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon promised UN humanitarian agencies would "respond rapidly to help people in need". — AFP

Two minor earthquakes hit India's New Delhi


NEW DELHI:  Two minor earthquakes awoke residents of the Indian capital of New Delhi early Tuesday, shaking buildings but with no immediate reports of damage.

India's Meteorological Department (IMD) said first a 3.1-magnitude tremor struck at 12.41 am local time (1911 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres, placing its epicentre in the capital city of nearly 10 million people.

Almost exactly an hour later, a second, marginally larger 3.3-magnitude quake also struck, the IMD said on its website.

An AFP reporter in Delhi said the tremor shook buildings audibly, and that there were at least two minor aftershocks. - AFP

Telcos to maintain two sets of equipment


Mobile operators here may be required to maintain two separate sets of core network equipment to make sure that there are back-ups in case of an outage.

Communications and Infor-mation Minister Yaacob Ibrahim revealed this in Parliament, while replying to questions tabled by MPs about last month's fire at a SingTel Internet exchange.

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore is currently studying if the change can further improve the country's mobile network, after an in-depth review of mobile operators' network resiliency, after M1 suffered the worst mobile network failure for almost three days in January.

In the same way, Singapore's telecoms regulator is now looking into what caused the fire, that crippled essential services across Singapore.

Yaacob said IDA's probe will focus on what caused the fire, whether it could have been avoided, if SingTel had done all it could to restore services quickly and provided alternatives for affected businesses, and what can be done to make sure a similar incident does not happen again.

Acknowledging that a resilient mobile network is important for the country, Yaacob highlighted four components which he said were core to the concept – diversity, resistance, redundancy and recovery.

"Focusing on diversity alone does not make the network more resilient," he said in Parliament. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network


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