Community Radio

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India's first community radio on disaster management will launch on February 23, 2007 in Nagapattinam, district of Tamil Nadu. Group of NGOs like Caritas India, UN agencies and involvement of Government has turned the lives of citizens of coastal regions.

The station would be operated from Vizhundhamavadi, a village in the district. The radio station became active due to the financial aid from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to Dhan Foundation, based in Madurai and involvement of local people. UNDP has already trained local youngsters as radio volunteers. The radio station will work, as a warning system and it will information to the local communities about disasters. A studio for the radio station has been set up at Vizhundhamavadi, where from initially the daily broadcast will be for about half-an-hour, and later it will go up to an hour.

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