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    Hams help out following mud slide Radio amateurs have helped coordinate rescue operations after a devastating mud slide on the Philippine island of Leyte
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2006
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      Hams help out following mud slide
      Radio amateurs have helped coordinate rescue operations after a
      devastating mud slide on the Philippine island of Leyte buried an
      entire village.

      More than 1,800 people are thought to have died when the village of
      Guinsaugon, on the southern part of Leyte, was engulfed by mud on 17
      February following a week of torrential rain and a small earthquake.

      The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) has been
      supporting the relief effort by providing communication links between
      the disaster area and the International Red Cross. The IRESC
      specialises in connecting up traditional ham radio systems - HF
      transceivers and VHF/UHF repeaters - with Voice over Internet
      Protocol technology over the Echolink network. In this way,
      communications support can be offered to a disaster zone from
      anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection.

      The Echolink net set up for the Leyte disaster went on air within
      hours of the mud slide. Philippine amateurs have been using it to
      pass on lists of missing people and survivors generated by local
      evacuation centres.

      Other messages being passed from the stricken area have included
      requests for food, water, mats, clothing, stretchers, medical kits
      and digging tools. IRESC has been forwarding all of these requests
      directly to the International Red Cross.

      Source: GB2RS News - Courtesy of the RSGB
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