A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 30th.There has been widespread damage in the Kathmandu valley and the death toll is climbing.We are ready to respond and need your help.During an emergency people urgently need quick, free and reliable information from trusted sources about the ongoing crisis to know how to protect themselves, where to go for assistance, and where to find loved ones. Accurate and timely information saves lives and supports people in their worst moments
In western Nepal, there is an urgent need to coordinate information flows between and among communities, responders and local media to ensure the affected population is well served.Local sources of information such as radio and TV can be inaccessible because of electricity shortages, transmission lines that are down, and damage to communications infrastructure. Without reliable information, people often panic and rumors run rampant, exacerbating the emergency.
Internews is on the ground in Nepal. Our work in crises ensures that affected populations have access to timely information that they can use immediately, from sources they trust, in languages they understand. Our staff are currently working with local media partners to conduct an information landscape and media assessment, which will be shared with the broader humanitarian community, as we implement programs to meet the information needs of those affected by the earthquake.
We know that information can save lives, and it is because of donors like you that we can continue this important work. Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Our vision is a world where people everywhere have access to the high quality information they need to make informed choices to improve their lives.