Chile: AMARC calls on community broadcasters to rally in support
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, expresses its solidarity with the people of Chile and its condolences to those who have lost family and friends in the earthquake of 27 February 2010. Steve Buckley, President of AMARC, said: "We are shocked to hear news of another devastating earthquake in the Americas. We stand ready to assist in any way possible."
AMARC's Latin America and Caribbean regional office (AMARC-ALC) is leading AMARC's international response, working with AMARC's country representative and members in Chile. Chile has an extensive network of community radio stations throughout the country many of which are members of AMARC. Most of the stations remain on air and are providing news and advice.
Maria Pia Matta of Radio Tierra, Santiago, and Vice President of AMARC for the Latin America and Caribbean region, reported that the destruction had been greatest in the South of the country. The worst situation is in Concepción, in the Juan Fernandez Island, but most of all in the El Maule Region. Radio Tierra remains on the air in Santiago and is carrying updates on FM and the Internet.
Natacha Gomez Barahona of La Radioneta and AMARC Country Representative, reported that community radios in Valparaiso and the surrounding region had not been badly affected but electricity supply had been unstable, hampering access to news media and communications.
A first priority for AMARC-ALC and the community radio sector in Chile is to assess the status of community radios and their staff in the most severely affected regions - Maule and Biobio. It has been difficult to obtain accurate information due to the collapse of the local electricity and communications infrastructure. Some of the worst hit communities are also in isolated and hard to reach locations. AMARC is prepared to mobilise practical solidarity and assistance where this is most needed.
Pulsar News Agency of AMARC-ALC: Special Coverage of Chile
Radio Tierra from Santiago, Chile: Special Coverage
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