Cyclone 'Mora': 7 community radio stations working to aware people

Cyclone ‘Mora’: 7 community radio stations working to aware people


Dhaka – Seven community radio stations, operational in the coastal region of the country, are now continuously broadcasting different items to keep people aware of weather updates and required preparedness works to face the cyclonic storm ‘Mora’. UNB news reported
Information is being imparted to the community people regarding preparedness for saving their lives, and assets by 30 broadcasters and volunteers in the radio stations.
Already the stations broadcast 25 hours’ programmmes regarding the upcoming cyclone storm Mora in line with the government’s standing orders on disaster, said AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC).
Coastal districts of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars have been advised to hoist danger signal no. seven as cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ over East-central bay and adjoining area moved slightly North-Northeastwards over East-central bay and adjoining North bay.
In a media note, issued on Monday, Bazlur Rahman said the stations are maintaining full-time liaison with the disaster monitoring cells at district and upazila levels.
They are also keeping contact with Red Crescent members, Scouts and disaster volunteers at local levels.
Besides, the members of Radio Listener Clubs are doing awareness raising campaign regarding preparedness within their community, neighbours and relatives.
Considering the importance of the situation the community radio stations situated in coastal zone namely Community Radio Naf 99.2 (Tekhnaf, Cox’s Bazar), Community Radio Sagargiri 99.2 (Sitakunda, Chittagong), Community Radio Sagor Dwip 99.2 (Hatia, Noakhali ), Community Radio Meghna 99.00 (Charfasion, Bhola Island), Community Rural Radio: Krishi Radio 98.2(Amtali, Barguna), Community Radio Lokobetar 99.2 (Barguna Sadar), and Community Radio Nalta 99.2 (Kaliganj, Satkhira) are now in operation round the clock.
They are broadcasting special bulletin, PSA, docudrama, magazine program repeatedly to draw attention of all to prepare for facing cyclonic storm Mora, so that community will be able to take initiative in advance and thus the damage can be reduced.
These stations have their preparation to keep their stations on-air for 24 hours, said Bazlur Rahman.
Generator and fuels are reserved for alternative power supply, if there in any disruption in power supply grid and hamper the broadcasting.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is maintaining full-time contact and coordination with the coastal community radio stations, he added.


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