Digicel Haiti forced to shutter more sites as fuel crisis escalates

Digicel Haiti forced to shutter more sites as fuel crisis escalates

Digicel Haiti has confirmed that 15% of its cell sites are currently unable to function due to ongoing fuel shortages and other issues around security.

In a statement, the operator said that it would “continue to mobilise the necessary resources to ensure the continuity of its services. However, if this situation persists, the impacts could be much more considerable.”

Digicel Haiti has around 1500 cell sites across the country. On 19th October, it confirmed that around 10% of these were non-operational due to a lack of fuel, demonstrating the scale of the escalation.

TeleGeography reports that Haiti has endured a nationwide fuel shortage for months, with hospitals forced to shut down services. Criminal gangs have reportedly blocked the two major National Highways in a bid to force the abdication of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Henry assumed power in July this year following the assassination of former Prime Minister Jovenel Moise. However, Henry has ignited controversy and political ire in Haiti after refusing to cooperate with authorities to explain his connection to one of the main suspects accused of orchestrating Moise’s murder.

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