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Bihar Flood Support Appeal from Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society

Dear Friends,

 

I am Anjani, working with district administration of Madhepura district as in charge of external assistance cell. We are operating from the chamber of district magistrate of Madhepura. From the last two weeks there is 4-5 feet water around the town. The only medium of communication is Tractor and small boats. The public of Madhepura left their houses, belongings and moved to a safer place. The office of the DM & SP is surrounded with 2 feet water. All the services required to facilitate the rescue operation was affected. Airtel stopped functioning, power failure continued for last 2 days. The district is facing a devastating flood situation. I am sure all of you are aware of the situation and must be inquisitive to know the situation from a person who is attending to the responsibilities bestowed upon. The State and District Administration is making Herculean effort to evacuate the flood victims from the severely affected blocks with support of the Army. The last flood occurred during this region was in 1934, so everyone was caught unprepared. This is the second time and nobody has any clue during the first few days of the flood, how and where to start the rescue operation. The Army also initially fumbled to start the rescue operation. Now, the rescue operation is in full swing because of proper survey and more Army teams.

 

I am sending this APPEAL on behalf of our Chief Executive Officer, Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS). He is now the Special District Magistrate, Madhepura.

 

*APPEAL*

 

As you are aware that a major portion of Bihar has been facing a devastating flood for last few days due to a breach in the embankment of Kosi river at Kusaha in Nepal.

 

Due to this, the State and more so specifically the districts in the Kosi area namely Madhepura, Supaul and Araria have witnessed the most severe floods causing tremendous misery to people. More than one million people have been displaced from these areas. This has been declared a "National Calamity" by the Central Government of India.

 

Conservatively around 2.5 million people have been affected by the floods. Central as well as State agencies are making all the efforts to rescue people and provide shelter and relief. During this hour of national crisis, we appeal to all individuals, organizations, institutions and companies to come forward and make contributions towards providing relief to the flood victims.

 

Once the water start receding, following items will be required in large quantities

 

1. Volunteers to support the relief operation

2. Water (Tankers, Bottles, Pouches and any other sanitized means)

3. Milk (Powder, Pouches)

4. Food Items (Canned, dry and otherwise)

5. Clothes

6. Medicines

7. Polythene Sheets

8. Sleeping Mats (Dari)

9. Any other suitable item

 

The support through contributions made by you will go a long way in boosting the morals of flood victims and people of Bihar will ever remember the contributions made by you. For sending relief materials, please contact 9204324417, 06476-292165 / 292166. Material contribution shall be sent in the name of District Red Cross Society, Madhepura / Supaul / Araria.

 

Funds can also be sent by electronic transfer into the account of:

 

CHIEF MINISTER RELIEF FUND,

State Bank of India,

Account Number: 10839124928

Branch: Patna Secretariat, Bihar

 

The cheques/bank drafts may be sent to the following address:

 

CHIEF MINISTER RELIEF FUND

Chief Minister Secretariat

4, Deshratna Marg, Patna

Bihar, India - 800001

Telephone no: 0612-2222430, 2217793.

e-mail: cms-secy-bih@nic.in.

 

Contributions made to Chief Minister Relief Fund shall qualify for 100 per cent exemption from Income Tax under section 80g(2)(iii)(hf) of the Income-Tax Act.

 

 

Regards,

 

Arvind Kumar Chaudhary

Special District Magistrate

Madhepura

 

Anjani Kumar Singh

FORD-IFP FELLOW, MIA (EPD)

SIPA, Columbia University

260 MIG, First Floor, Pocket-7

Sector-21, Rohini, New Delhi-86

Tel. No.-91-11-259-65940

Mobile: 9811184089

Email: aks2118@columbia.edu

 

 

 

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