Bhubaneswar: Community Radios of Odisha have decided to ensure “No Casualty” during cyclone YAAS. Community Radios of each Cyclone YASS affected districts of Odisha are all set to cover more than 3 million people in its broadcast during the cyclone. It will cover atleast 5000 habitations in its broadcast during the cyclone so that no casualty is reported as desired by the call of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, informed Biswajit Padhi of Community Radio Association of Odisha. The association has already informed officials to use its service for passing on real-time information to the people through the community radio.
The association has decided to go with the state policy of “No Casualty” has asked it’s numerous community reporters & volunteers to pass on messages from their locality to the war room organised for the purpose in the respective stations. Community Radio Association , Odisha (CRAO) has in its emergency meeting decided to support humanitarian effort & support service to the people of districts to be impacted by cyclone YAAS . With already one radio in Bhadrak , Balasore & Jajpur district, it has started 24 hours broadcast of information to its community .Radio Bulbul in Bhadrak, where the cyclone is set to impact the highest has coordinating with the district administration, IMD officials to pass on real time information to the people , informed Sk. Mohd. Niyaz, the chief of Radio Bulbul & Secretary, CRAO . We will continue to broadcast till such time our towers will hold against the wind, he declared emphatically. Mr Rajendra Rana of Radio Smile which is located almost on the sea i.e. at Baliapal has also started similar broadcasting. These two locations are set to witness a wind speed of 185kilometers per hour. The listener’s groups are coordinating with the Radio Stations to pass on important information from the locality so that realtime help , if any can be arranged immediately.
The central office at Bhubaneswar has decided to collect all kinds of information from the state headquarters & pass it on to the stations informed N.A. Shah Ansari, Community Media specialist & Chairperson, Namaskar Community Media Network. Konark based Radio Namaskar & Radio Swaraj, Jajpur which had also faced the wrath of Cyclone Fani only 2 years ago is better prepared this time & has decided to aid the rescue & rehabilitation efforts of the administration post cyclone anticipating full broadcast during the cyclone . The association has appealed to officials & people to use the radio to pass on information to meet all emergencies & exigencies.