Montreal, April 28, 2015. On April 25, Nepal was struck by an earthquake of 7.9 in magnitude at 11:45 local time. The capital, Kathmandu was violently hit. There have been numerous aftershocks since the first wave, making the search and rescue work very challenging.

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters stands in solidarity with the population of Nepal, shares their pain and grief. Furthermore, AMARC offers its sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this tragic event.

AMARC mobilizes its network to help the Nepalese

Our staff from the Asia Pacific office are on the ground and hard at work, in collaboration with the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB), assessing the status of community radios that have been damaged by the earthquake. Most radios have suffered and are in need of help. AMARC will take concrete action to support the network of community radios in Nepal as soon as the assessment phase is completed.

Let’s recall that community radios are a powerful tool in disaster relief situations. They are an indispensable way to provide reliable information to vulnerable population, help the humanitarian relief and ease the fear of the population in tense situations.

How you can help      

AMARC urges all community radio experts to provide help in any way they can. Technical skills, technology and funds are needed. AMARC International will very soon set up a campaign to collect funds for the Nepalese community radio stations. If you can help, please contact the International SecretariatPlease help us and show solidarity towards our Nepalese friends!