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Flooding in India - update

Date : 06 / 07 / 2013
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The crisis caused by the devastating flood in northern India last week claiming about 900 lives, is continuing to receive help relief through messages from amateur radio stations in the affected area. Jayu S. Bhide VU2JAU, National Coordinator for Disaster communication in India, said two stations have used 7073 MHz and 14.160 MHz and a relief team of four will continue their commendable work.

The messages they handle are relayed by radio amateurs to other areas and authorities, including hams in Gwalior, Calcutta, New Delhi, Vadodra, Kerala and Hyderabad. A further list of ready stations to go to the area has been drawn up and may be involved later on if requested. The emergency communication ability of amateur radio has received good publicity on television and in newspapers.

The unexpected heavy monsoon rains affected pilgrims and tourists in the holy area in the foothills of the Himalayas on the Indo-Tibet border.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, with help from India's National Coordinator for Disaster Communication Jayu Bhide VU2JAU


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