In August 2017 large parts of Bihar were flooded along with other parts of North India, Nepal and Bangladesh. First Response Radio (FRR) India responded with dedicated radio programmes providing vital relief information, psychosocial support and opportunities for affected communities to communicate with authorities and each other.
Bihar Case Study
When people were in chaos, FRR India programmes provided a local presence with reliable and timely information, which facilitated a return to stability. The programmes helped bridge between government organisations, NGOs and the affected communities. On-the-ground teams and helplines to trauma counselling provided listening ears so that communication was truly local and truly two-way.
Reaching out to disaster hit Pacific communities via radio
First Response Radio, or FRR, is a network of radio broadcasters, NGOs and government partners whose goal is to set up temporary radio stations for communities affected by major disasters.
FRR works mainly in Asia but is keen to develop partnerships in the Pacific region.
The international co-ordinator of FRR, Mike Adams, told Moera Tuilaepa Taylor when it all started.