Following the second earthquake which hit Nepal today, this is the seventh update on communicating with communities in the Nepal Earthquake response.
It includes updates on connectivity, communication and media following the second quake, as well as updates from the Communicating with Communities Working Group, and information about communications initiatives which were already underway.
Highlights as follows:
- Following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake which struck Nepal today the coordinated needs assessment team has been collating information on reported needs, including monitoring local media reports. Reports and responses are also being mapped at http://quakemap.org
- Phone lines in Kathmandu are congested but functioning. People are being asked to use SMS rather than voice calls. Mobile Network Operators are carrying out assessments outside of the capital.
- Nepal police hotline numbers for search and rescue are reportedly: 1113 / 100 / 014412780 / 014411549.
- Prior to the second quake, the Radio Concern Group updated that almost all affected radio stations had resumed broadcasting. Limited information is available on how stations have been affected by the second quake: Radio Gorkha has been playing Public Service announcements on aftershocks. All FM stations in Dolkha and Rasuwa districts are off air. Afno FM is back on air in Okhaldhunga in a tent as building is unsafe.
- On Monday the Humanitarian Coordinator emphasised the need for agencies to ensure communities have information about who is doing what, where and when. He emphasised the need for transparency, information sharing, seeking community feedback and building participation into key processes and documentation.
- The need to reach remote communities with information about relief distributions has been highlighted, as some people will have to hike for 2 days to reach distribution points.
- The Communicating with Communities (CwC) Working Group in Kathmandu continues to compile common messages from clusters and map existing CwC initiatives and feedback mechanisms. Meeting minutes are available on the Humanitarian Response website.