Hams help out following mud slide
- 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
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
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