Report by: Anand Lakhmani¸ Mumbai
The situation in flood-affected areas of Bihar is getting precarious day by day due to wide array of human, animal corpses. There is a real danger of outbreak of epidemic. Infants are not getting food; milk is being sold at Rs 400 to 500 per liter, acute shortage of drinking water, Medical Support like Doctors and Para Medical.
Army, Government, NGOs are doing their job but every effort is becoming futile against this havoc. It is the need of the hour that wholehearted efforts from people from all walks of life should be harnessed together to combat this great onslaught of nature.
There are more then 35 lakh people affected, out of which more than 10 lakh people are un accounted, around 5 lakh people have been evacuated till now and approx 2 lakh people are feared dead.
Those committed people who are working at the grass root level need unstinted support from us so that they can sustain their relief work in terms of the following provisions:
1. Infant food – Cerelac (No food is available for thousand of infants)
2. Safe Drinking Water
3. Inflated Boat (still many are trapped deep inside where even after 15 days no one has reached, as water is receding, mechanized motors are unable to be moved deep inside)
4. Doctors and Paramedical forces
To start with we are mobilizing the resources from as many persons as possible for purchase and distribution of baby food to the affected people. Very soon we will focus on other requirements.
To oversee the distribution I myself am going to the ground zero on 08/09/08 from Mumbai, for effective monitoring and ensuring that it reaches to the right people. I make an appeal to every one of you to join our journey to the affected area. Together we will certainly make a big difference:
There are various ways to contribute:
1. Donate Money, Food, Cloths, Medicines
2. Volunteer your self
3. Mobilize others also
One can donate the money through following channels:
First Channel: Bihar Chief Minister Relief Fund as per following details:
‘Chief Minister Relief Fund, Bihar‘
A/C No. 10839124928,
SBI Secretariat Branch,
Chief Minister Secretariat
4 K.G. Deshratna Marg,
The cheque can be deposited to any SBI Branch. If you are unable to deposit, then inform us. We will send someone to collect the cheque and deposit slip will be provided after depositing the cheque in the account.
The money sent to government may not be as effective as we all desire but some part of your money will certainly reach to the needy through this channel.
Second Channel: My personal account with ICICI and Bank of Baroda:
Whatever amount is donated in these accounts, there will be continuous sharing of the donated fund and expenses with everyone concerned. This will be through email attachments and an online google excel document containing details of fund donated and expenses.
The details of my personal accounts are as follows:
ICICI Account Name: Anand Lakhmani
ICICI Account No : 015101038506
Branch : Vashi
BoB Account Name: Anand Lakhmani
BoB Account No : 290404 0000 0714
Branch: Bandra Kurla Complex
In narration, while transferring funds online, please write “Bihar Flood Relief and Your name” and send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org to update the relevant records.
Those who are confident that their donated fund will be in safe hand and will reach the needy should use this channel.
Else the first channel should be used at least.
Let us try to do every bit to support the worst affected people .
We Sindhis in India have risen form the ashes. We have made ourselves sufficiently established to provide whole hearted support for these causes like “Parsis” have been doing or even better then them as we outnumber them with significant margin in terms of population.
Please come forward and support as much as possible.
Myself proud to be a Sindhi
Risk Management Dept,
Bank of Baroda Corporate Center,
Mumbai – 51