- In Chautura Camp, Sindhupalchowk people are reporting a lack of information on relief services, almost no knowledge on how to contact humanitarian organisations, and lack of information on earthquake and monsoon risks and how to respond to them (Internews Assessment, May 15-17).
Barriers to communication include limited access to electricity, limited availability of radio receivers and batteries, illiteracy, lack of information in local languages, and lack of trust in local media.
This is the eight update on communicating with communities in the Nepal Earthquake response.
It outlines information and communication needs of communities affected by the quake, and provides information on media and communications initiatives and coordination currently underway.
Highlights as follows:
Following the second earthquake which hit Nepal today, this is the seventh update on communicating with communities in the Nepal Earthquake response.
It includes updates on connectivity, communication and media following the second quake, as well as updates from the Communicating with Communities Working Group, and information about communications initiatives which were already underway.
Highlights as follows:
· A Communicating with Communities (CwC) Working Group in Kathmandu is active. The group is compiling common messages from clusters and mapping existing CwC initiatives and feedback mechanisms. Meeting minutes are available on the Humanitarian Response website.
· The Radio Working Group continues to carry out assessments, carry out repairs and is compiling a list of equipment required. A map is being updated showing status and reach of radio stations.
Mobile connectivity in Kathmandu is improving, restoration assessments of mobile networks outside the capital are ongoing. Access remains a challenge and power grid remains out in many areas, so mobile generators are being deployed. Coverage data from NCell is available in the DropBox.
Télécoms sans Frontières teams are travelling to remote districts to provide free calls to affected people. Teams are currently in Choutara, Sindhupalchok District and Tipling, Dhading District.
Restoration assessments of mobile networks outside Kathmandu are ongoing. As of 1 May, 282 Ncell sites, including 185 in the central region which has been the most affected (the update can be found here.) TSF and Vodafone are planning to set up community calling centre in coming days.
Broadcast infrastructure of key stations in Kathmandu (KTM) is intact and the majority of local newspapers continue to publish online.
Initial assessments by ACORAB (Community Radio Association of Nepal) indicate that around 108 community radio stations in 30 districts have been affected. Community Radio broadcasters are coordinating to assess damage and get at least one station back on air in each of the four most affected districts.
Broadcast infrastructure of key stations in Kathmandu (KTM) is intact. Most stations are running on generators so fuel shortages are anticipated to become an issue. The majority of local newspapers continue to publish online.
First indications suggest that broadcast infrastructure of key stations in Kathmandu is intact - less information exists about other regions at the moment. Most stations are running on generators so fuel shortages are anticipated to become an issue. The majority of local newspapers also continue to publish online.
Most community radio stations have suffered damage to equipment, although no reported casualties and some are back on air. (Source: Community Radio Association of Nepal ACORAB)
Period Covered: 27 November – 4 December
The Department of Social Welfare and Development estimates that over 14.9 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This includes some 4 million people displaced from their homes, of whom an estimated 200,000 are still living in around 1,000 evacuation centres.
Reports from coordination hubs indicate that humanitarian partners need to expand their response programmes to more remote areas and islands in Eastern and Western Visayas Regions.
￼Situation Overview: Communications with Communities
Media and communication infrastructure have largely been destroyed leaving little or no access in affected areas to internet, radio, TV or newspapers. Affected people are reporting information needs not being met on critical life- saving information about available aid, missing relatives, protection and health issues and evacuation and recovery planning.
Situation Overview : Communications with Communities
As conditions in Tacloban, the largest city hit by the typhoon, continue to improve, Government, humanitarian agencies and the private sector are looking for ways to better en gage with the affected community. Within the last 48 hours, a small number of local radio stations have restarted broadcasting. A closed local television station with destroyed external infrastructure is now working with the humanitarian community in a temporary studio to develop communications material.
Situation Overview: Communications with Communities
Evidence based data on information needs and communication preferences for affected communities are almost non-existent. The Multi-sector Interagency Rapid Needs Assessment (MIRA) is underway, and while it includes a question on communication preferences, this will need to be augmented with more thorough data before partners can really understand what the portfolio of communications channels will look like.
Situation Overview: Communicating with affected communities
While information is still incomplete, reports to date suggest that communications networks including local media have been badly hit across the affected area, suffering almost complete destruction in the worst hit areas and leaving affected communities with little or no access to information. Journalists have been killed, radio stations and equipment destroyed and capacity to broadcast/publish almost completely wiped out.
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Typhoon Haiyan has affected 9 provinces across the central Philippines and an estimated 9.8 million people. Assessments continue and the full picture will not be apparent for several days. Coordination hubs have so far been established in Tacloban City, in the worst hit province of Leyte, Roxas City (Northern Panay Island) and Eastern Samar with a further logistics hub in Cebu.