[PeterPaul.ca] — One week following a devastating earthquake struck the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, U.N. radio station MINUSTAH FM has resumed broadcasts.
With technical help from Radio France and Télédiffusion de France, the station resumed broadcasts Wednesday from the airport in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.
Immediately after the quake struck, a six-person emergency team from France arrived in Haiti with 1,400 pounds of equipment including a transmitter, a radio relay system and an antenna, the U.N. said Wednesday.
“What Radio France did is extraordinary. When they arrived I nearly cried for joy. I was very moved because in such a deep crisis it is very important to be able to communicate as quickly as possible with the population,” said David Winhurst, chief of information for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti [MINUSTAH] in a press release.
Broadcasts can be heard in Port-au-Prince on 94.9 FM, 98.1 FM in Jacmel, 98.5 FM in Les Cayes, and 90.1 FM in Hinche. Broadcasts continued Wednesday in Creole and French.
Radio is the most widely used medium in Haiti.