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Community radio digging itself out of Nepal earthquake

Radio Marsyangdi [photo Asia Radio Today]

Radio Marsyangdi [photo Asia Radio Today]

Asia Radio Today reports that no less than 62 community radio stations from 32 districts in Nepal have dug themselves out of the wreckage caused by April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake and are now helping their audiences reconstruct their homes and lives.

A station manager from Radio Marsyangdi told the trade publication:

“We were off air for 2 days then we made a temporary station and brought our equipment there. Still we are in that temporary building.

“I felt scared when the earthquake hit. It was hard to reach the transmitter site from our station in the town, so when it finished we walked for two hours to get to the centre of the jungle to build that temporary house for our studio and transmitter.”

“We literally broadcast from the field, there were no buildings,” another programmer explained. “We broadcast from tents and the open air.”

The quake killed over 9,000 people and injured at least 23,000. It also caused an avalanche on Mount Everest that took 19 lives.

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