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As most of us are aware, Bihar has been severely hit by floods. Over a hundred lives have already been taken in what has been declared a national calamity. As per the National Institute of Disaster Management, over 25 lakh people have been affected in close to 1600 villages. More than 60000 people are yet to be brought to safety (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7595223.stm). There is also a mammoth loss of property and the impending danger of epidemics.
This email is an appeal to fund the efforts of organizations that are involved in rescue and relief operations in Bihar. Your donations will be utilized for buying food, medicines and other utilities and covering for transportation and communication expenses. NGOs where I personally know some of the people involved are:
1) Maitri: This Pune-based NGO, which has years of experience in flood relief work, has sent its team to aid the local groups in Bihar. Their main focus is medical help and preventing/controlling epidemics. For transferring funds online, here are their bank details:
Mode of Transfer: NEFT (below 1 lakh), RTGS (above 1 lakh) Name of Beneficiary: Maitri
Bank: Bank of Maharashtra, Branch: Pune, Location: Mayur Colony Account type: Current, IFSC code: MAHB0000852 Account number: 20046903997
Having made the donation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with following details (for availing the receipt): Full Name, Address, Phone no, Date of birth, Email ID, Amount remitted, From (Bank & Branch) and Date.
2) AID India: They are working in Araria, Bihar, focusing on rescue operations as well as providing food, medicine, safe drinking water, shelter and so on. Donation to AID can be made here: http://www.eurekachild.org/donate/donindia.php?donindia=Donate+Now+%3E%3E. In the comments section of this page, please write "For Bihar flood relief".
PS 1: Both of these NGOs will mail receipts, with 80-G tax deductible status, to the address mentioned by you. In case you do not want the receipt, please specify it in your email or in the comments section.
PS 2: If you wish to contribute to the Bihar Chief Minister Relief Fund, details can be found here: http://biharfloodrelief2008.blogspot.com/search/label/CM%20Relief%20Fund.
PS 3: If you are unsure of the donation amount, Maitri recommends a day's salary.