Even presidents need local radio in times of disaster

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Residents of a tent camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. File UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Even presidents rely on local radio, when disasters strike.

That's according to one UN staffer and broadcaster, who recalls when Haiti's president needed the network operated by the UN mission there (MINUSTAH), to keep the population informed during their darkest hour.

Mariana Palavra is currently based in Myanmar, but she was a broadcaster for the UN radio network MINUSTAH FM, during the 2010 earthquake which killed more than 220,000.

To mark World Radio Day on Saturday, she also recounted the role radio played after the devastating earthquake last April, in Nepal.

She spoke to Eleutério Guevane.

Duration: 4'10"

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