Ham Radio Operators Aid in Nepalese Earthquake Response
Almost everyone has heard about the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 and the devastation it left behind. More than 7,000 people were killed and many others were injured. Countless have been left homeless as the result of building collapses, and it has been difficult for people to find loved ones in the wake of the destruction and ensuing chaos. Amateur radio has played an important role in the rescue and recovery efforts in Nepal, often being the only means of communications due to the country’s lack of reliable telephone and Internet infrastructure. In many ways, amateur radio operators have filled a crucial role.
There are multitudes of people assisting in the continuing efforts in Nepal, but here are some links to recent articles that highlight the impact and helpfulness of ham radio operations there:
Amateur Radio Continues to Provide Reliable Post-Quake Communication in Nepal
Amateur Radio Volunteers in Nepal, India Continue to Aid Earthquake Response
The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ” TV interview of Radio Ham in Nepal
After Nepal earthquake, people turn to ham radio
Ham radio attempts to fill communication gaps in Nepal rescue effort
ITU deploys emergency communication equipment in Nepal
Radio Mala – Kathmandu Disaster Communication Infrastructure
You can donate to relief efforts, including aiding Radio Mala via the Global Nepali Professional Network (GNPN) (a 501(c)(3) organization) here. You can also donate via various other organizations such as the Red Cross and World Vision through PayPal here.