ISLAMABAD, Aug 30: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has completed distribution of 10,000 multi-power radio sets in the areas affected by last year’s earthquake to help keep the survivors informed on issues affecting them.
The sets donated by Internews are run on dynamo, solar, battery and electric power. They feature AM, FM and shortwave bands with a flash light, thermometer, siren, storage compartment and compass.
“The set distribution is part of the UNHCR and its partners’ endeavours to maximise the information outreach to the earthquake affected population of Pakistan,” said Kilian Kleinschmidt, the UNHCR’s Senior Emergency Coordinator in Islamabad. “We know that timely and factual information in the post-relief phase is a great help to the millions of the earthquake affected people struggling hard to start a new life.”
The UNHCR is co-sponsoring a radio show, ‘Himmat Jawan Hai’, with the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority and Radio Power FM99 from Islamabad, Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad and Bagh for the affected people. The daily 30-minute show (90-minute on Sundays) provides information on the rehabilitation process and has interviews with officials and the affected population in the camps and return areas. Affected people in Azad Kashmir received 6,500 radios and those in the NWFP 3,500.—Online
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