Sunday, 18 September 2011

[creative-radio] Orissa-based community radio - Radio Namaskar made it to the voice of the flood hit population

*Report by correspondent; Bhubaneswar:* Night of 10th Sept
was a black night for people of Gop Block in Puri district as the breach in
the embankment of Kusabhadra river at Kusupur made flood water gush into the
villages and even the Gop market that never saw a flood like this. Within a
few minutes thousands of the families living in different villages lost
their houses and belongings. Some died, many went missing. As the old mud
and kuchha houses collapsed, people took shelter on roof top of nearest
buildings where they had to spend 3 days.

Experiencing the gravity of the situation, Radio Namaskar – the community
radio of the locality soon started broadcasting information about the flood
and about people in the affected areas. It was of immense help to people as,
even, persons missing or stuck off in places could get information on the
radio about their families and villages.

As Radio Namaskar soon became the medium of communication in the flood
gripped localities, local administration also tapped it as an opportunity to
make announcements of updates and information.

Not keeping the activities limited to broadcast of information only, Radio
Namaskar also involved it in the rescue activities. A dedicated telephone
line was used by Radio Namaskar to link the affected communities with
administration and others through radio. Within a week, more than one
thousand phone calls were received from people. 32 relief teams and number
of individual volunteers coordinated and facilitated all the activities of
Radio Namaskar in the flood affected area for which, many people could save
their life.

Apart from becoming the voice of the flood hit population, Radio Namaskar
disseminated the way how Community Radios can play a crucial role in time of

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