Friday, 9 October 2009

[creative-radio] West Sumatera Earthquake: Radio Nederland Builds Disaster Awareness Radio on the Hypocenter


West Sumatera Earthquake RNW Builds Disaster Awareness Radio on the
(id) 9 Oktober 2009 - 11:21 WIB
Kurniawan Tri Yunanto - translated by Rosmi Julitasari

VHRmedia, Padang Pariaman – Radio Nederland Wereldomroep gave a unit of
radio transmitter to Kiambang's and Sungai Geringging's residents in West
Sumatera. This disaster awareness radio is built to prevent confusing
information about victims and to make the aid distribution easier.

RWN manager in Jakarta Han Harlan came to the location with technicians
from Netherland to hand over the aid. RNW also gave transistor radios to
be spread in 40 command posts (posko) in Padang Pariaman and Agam

"This tool is for emergency situation," Han Harlan said to residents who
are about to operate the disaster awareness radio at the Kiambang Village,
Nagari Lumbuk Padang of Padang Pariaman, Thursday (10/8). According to Han
Harlan the 100 watt radio transmitter can reach the areas, which are still
isolated because of the earthquake.

Hendri Ihsan, a community radio administrator in Kiambang, hopes that this
aid can alleviate the sorrow of earthquake victims. Now, they need
communication tools to carry the aid. "Several days after the earthquake,
all information was focused on Padang while other areas were not
covered-up and neglected. Then the focus was switched to Pariaman, and now
is to Agam," he said. Hendri also said that the radio is can be used as a
media for post-trauma therapy.

After Kiambang, RNW is about to give the same contribution to Geringging
village, located on the border of Padang Pariaman and Agam district. This
village is not far from the landslide center in Malala sub-district.

Roads to the location are still covered by soil, and it gives difficulties
in carrying the aid. It also makes thousand survivors are isolated in
emergency tents. (E1)

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