Radio active after the quake

The studio clock at the fifth-floor studio of Chautara’s Radio Sindhu was coming up to 11:56AM on 25 April. Announcer Ashma Syangtan of the popular Ramailo Selo program was introducing the last folk song before the noon news bulletin. Technician Guras Gurung was adjusting the sound levels on her console.

Suddenly, everything started shaking violently. Syangtan stopped mid-sentence. Computer monitors fell, the walls started cracking and there was dust everywhere.

“I immediately knew it was an earthquake,” Syangtan recalled, “we rushed out of the studio but the shaking was so strong that we had difficulty descending the five stories.”

Syangtan and Gurung saw debris and dust everywhere, frightened people and lots of wounded. People were wailing, and trying to dig into the ruins of their houses with their bare hands. Bodies lined the streets, the wounded were being carried off to the hospital.

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Author: Sonia Awale
Source: Nepali Times