KOCHI: A group of ham radio enthusiasts has extended their support to ensure emergency communication with rescue operations in Idukki. A control unit of the ham radio station started functioning Friday night at Gandhi Nagar fire station in Ernakulam, 132 km away from Rajamalai in Idukki.
The group has members on spot for assistance during rescue operations. The control unit would relay the information to government authorities in other parts of the state.
“Ham radios are operating through satellite support. The Control unit has been set up in Ernakulam for rescue operations in Munnar and flood-related situation,” said Anu Chandrasekhar, chief warden of civil defence volunteers in Ernakulam and Idukki. “Four ham radio operators have been relaying information from four spots – two in Rajamalai and one each in Adimaly and Idukki. One more team left for Idukki on Saturday. The emergency messages being sent by them are relayed to authorities concerned.