Making disaster preparedness work
Note: Cyclone Komen underscored the importance of community radio in reckoning with disaster. Even before the cyclone struck the country, seven community radio stations ensured that timely information reached local communities as discussed in the following story.
Seven Community Radio Stations that operate in coastal region of Bangladesh continuously broadcast 65 hours of programmes to address cyclone `Komen’ in line with Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The activities were initiated about a week prior to Komen’s onslaught.
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Source: CR News
The term Kairan in Nepali language refers to voice of people. Radi Kairan 96.4 Mhz came in to operation on September 16, 2013, in Bamti-Bhandar-4, deurali, at about 2750 m. height, the northern Himalayas of Ramechhap district. Within a short span of time of operation, Radio Kairan, the only community radio became best platform to tell the tales. And Radio Kairan was only trusting medium for getting information and news to villagers of nearly 36 isolated villages of Ramechhap, Dolakha, Solukhumbu and Okhaldhunga. Nearly 500,000 villagers living in the areas, who were deprived of access of government services, media including telephone and internet and other communication services, then had platform to have their say and tell their tales.
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Source: Indigenous Voices in Asia
An initiative by AMARC Asia-Pacific in collaboration with the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB) to help restore the community radio network in Nepal following the earthquakes.
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