The Indian state of Tamil Nadu experienced extreme flooding at the end of 2015, causing wide spread power outages and the displacement of local people.
Through the quick thinking of activists and the local authorities, Peridar Kaala Vaanoli, meaning “Radio in the Time of Extreme Calamity”, went to air with a range of 20 kilometres.
During the recording, you will hear a song sung by a student at St. Anne's, a school located in Cuddalore where children were allowed to be a part of the programming by creating content for the station to help cope with the disaster. Many of the children at the school were left homeless after the floods destroyed their villages. The song talks about the environment and climate change that leads to natural disasters.
Joining Ms Martinez her are:
•Mr John Nelson
Founder of the local Saranalayam Charitable & Educational Trust, which applied for the licence to broadcast and who runs the station
Joint Director of Health services for the Cuddalore District
•Ms Hemavathy Paneer
Volunteer show host of the emergency radio station
•Ms Renu Neogy
Special Thanks must be given to the Auroville Radio production team and Mr Nelson throughout the application process for the lisence, Ram Bhat from Maarra, Bangalore & Community Radio Forum and N. Ramakrishnan of Ideosync Media Combine and Community Radio Forum in helping set up the station with Mr. Nelson during the floods. Also thanks to the Auroville Radio representative, who donated equipment and helped to launch the station and BECIL, the Broadcast engineering consultants India unlimited.