Since Friday evening, seven community radio stations in northern regions of Bangladesh have been broadcasting radio programs on flash flood situations to make the community people aware of taking precautionary measures to reduce the loss.
The community radio stations are also broadcasting programs through Facebook, You Tubes and other social media too.
In the meanwhile, the community radio stations- Community Radio Padma (Rajshahi), Community Radio Pollikontho (Moulvibazar), Community Radio Chilmari (Kurigram), Community Radio Radio Mukti (Bogura), Community Radio Bikrampur (Munshiganj), Community Radio Sarabela (Gaibandha) and Community Radio Boral (Bagha, Rajshahi) have broadcasted 18 hours programs on flood situation. The programs are produced in the formats like-special bulletins, magazine programs, spot reports, interviews, voxpops and Public Service Announcement (PSA) etc.
The contents of the programs are forecasting on flood, precautionary measures, ongoing situations, report on the affected areas, how to protect the children, women, pregnant mothers, older citizens, live-stocks and household stuff, child diseases, food supply, rehabilitation work, seed and seedling, Vet-feed, maintenance of road communication, how to avoid and what to do in case of snake bits, how to call to Flood Alarming Center, and the role of the community people to protect and reduce the loss of lives and resources etc.
A total 21 community broadcasters have been continuously engaged in broadcasting at different community radio stations.
The broadcasters are maintaining liaison with the disaster monitoring cells at district and Upazila administration. They keep contact and collect updated information from the volunteers from the disaster-prone community. They are getting updates, guidelines and aware about measures to be taken. Community radio stations are also encouraging the communities with information for facing the situation.
Community radios are broadcasting the interview of Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Chairman, Upazila and Union Parishad, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Upazila Health Officer, Upazila Agriculture Officer, representatives of Disaster Management Committee and the victims and community people as well
Due to heavy rainfall and upstream onrush water, the level of river water is rising rapidly and already been exceeded the danger line in many points in 8 districts.
Community radios are working closely with the District and Upazila Flood Control Room. It is to be noted that the broadcasters have obtained the Disaster Risk Reduction training from Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC).
Community broadcasters have been continuously working rotationally at the radio stations. Besides, hundreds of volunteers are communicating from their locality by giving updates on the present situation.
Community radio broadcasters are maintaining liaison with the district and Upazila disaster monitoring cells, Bangladesh Betar, WAPDA and Union Parishads. Community radios are broadcasting the interview of Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Chairman of Upazila and Union Parishad, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Upazila Health Officer, Upazila Agriculture Officer, representatives of Disaster Management Committee and victims as well.