Telecoms Sans Frontieres (Telecoms Without Borders) has set up two emergency communication centers in Peru to aid earthquake disaster relief, according to the charity's Web site.
BBC News reports the charity sent a five-person team to deploy satellite telephone and Internet access in Pisco, where the quake hit hardest, Ica and Chincha. The magnitude 8.0 earthquake that hit Wednesday has claimed more than 500 lives. On Sunday, a magnitude 5.7 aftershock hit the area, according to China Daily.
The charity works with the United Nations and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office to set up communications after disasters, especially in developing nations. It said there were no landlines and no Internet service in the affected areas, although those services were functioning in Lima.
Meanwhile, Peruvian telecom companies and the government's transport and communications ministry have agreed to set up a dedicated emergency network to guarantee telephone service in case of future emergencies, according to cellular-news. President Alan Garc�a also called for a full investigation into why the country's telecom network collapsed in the wake of the earthquake.