Bihar Floods – How to Help

The Central Government of India has sanctioned Rs. 1,000 crores (US$ 228 million) to be released from the National Calamity Contingency Fund; the European Union announced that it is sending food aid and other relief materials worth 1 million euro (US$ 1.5 million); Britain has diverted 150,000 pounds (US$ 273,000) of an existing fund to provide clean water, shelter and sanitation to 10,000 families in up to 20 camps; and the US has offered US$100,000 to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (which has yet to account for the funds to be used for survivors of the Tsunami in 2004) for immediate assistance to the flood victims in Bihar.

There are the usual calls to donate money to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund or the Chief Minister’s (of Bihar) Relief Fund.  There are also urgent requests from NGOs for volunteers, food and other relief supplies, and donations.

Those in the US can make tax deductible contributions to Association for India’s Development‘s (AID’s) All India Relief Fund or to Goonj, for their Rahat Floods program.

AID is a “volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development” in India.  AID will be focusing on the following in Araria, Bihar:

  1. Rescue operations.
  2. Providing food, medicine and shelter.
  3. Fodder for animals.
  4. Removal of carcasses.
  5. Safe drinking water.
  6. Monitoring expenditures by the State.

Goonj has been working extensively in Bihar through its grassroots partners, with a special focus on the annual floods for many years now. Anshu Gupta, the Founder/Director of Goonj has asked for the following:

Material Support Dry ration, Medicines, candles & matchbox, torch & batteries, utensils, tarpaulin, feeding bottles, buckets, ropes, bedsheets, all kind of usable clothing & footwear. ( For the list of collection centers, please log on to

Logistical Support

  • Transport support to reach the material to effected areas
  • Space for collection centers
  • Facilities for local pickups
  • Transportation of material from different cities to GOONJ processing centers in Delhi, Chennai & Mumbai

Needed- large quantities of –

  • Rice, Chiwra, biscuits, packed eatables
  • Water purifier tablets
  • Basic medicines
  • Sarees and children’s clothing
  • Tarpaulins or thick polythene
  • Bedsheets
  • Export surplus/cotton cloth for making sanitary napkins
  • Mosquito nets
  • Stoves, cooking and water storage untensils/buckets
Financial support-
Donations in India– Please send cash/cheque/draft in the name of GOONJ and send it to GOONJ.., J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76 (Kindly send your full name & address with the contribution for receipt/accounting purpose. ( All donations to GOONJ in India are tax exempted u/s 80 G of IT act.)
Overseas donation can reach us through Cheque (in the name of GOONJ with your full particulars) or by wire transfer with an information on
Rotate it ( valid only for overseas donations ) through Wacovia Bank, New York swift code- 2000193008933, GOONJ, A/C No- 2591101004644
Bank- Canara Bank, H block, market Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76
Contact- GOONJ
H.O DelhiJ-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76 Tel.- 011-26972351, 41401216
GOONJ Mumbai– Mr. Rohit Singh Tel.- 9322381600, Email-
GOONJ Chennai– Ms. Padma Tel.- 9842665320, Email-
“Do spread the word, talk to your friends & relatives, help us to organise campaigns in the offices, residential areas and schools.”
A team led by Pervin Jehangir, Medha Patkar and Raj Kumar will be heading to Bihar soon and are looking for the following:
Immediate Relief Needs:

  • Clothes: In Good condition, for adults and children of all ages, – bed sheets, woolen clothes, umbrellas, rain coats etc.
  • Medicines: A list of the requirements is attached
  • Financial help: Necessary. Please withhold for a very few days, until we are able to give you the account details of where the money must be sent.
  • Volunteers: We would also need to have many young and active volunteers, who have the experience of working in situation of calamity (such as Tsunami,. earth quake etc).
“We will soon be leaving for Bihar with a team. Those who want to volunteer and are willing to work hard, in a situation of challenge and adjusting to whatever conditions are most welcome.”
The medical list includes:
  • Ciprofloxacin tablets and infusion
  • Levofloxacin tablets
  • Chloromyecetin capsules and injections
  • Ceftriaxone Injections
  • Chloroquine tablets and injections
  • Metronidazole Chloroquine tablets, suspension and infusion
  • Paracetamal tablets and suspension
  • B Complex tablets and syrup
  • Phensedyl DM cough syrup
  • Ranitidine tablets and injection
  • Antacids tablets and suspension
  • Cetrizine tablets and syrup
  • Ibuprofen tablets
  • Dexamethasone injections
  • Hydrocortisone injections
  • Deriphyllin injections
  • Electrol, Glucose and ORS Powder
You may contact Pervin Jehangir, Medha Patkar and Raj Kumar at the following numbers:  022-22184779, 09820636335, 07290-222464, 09424385139

29 Responses to “Bihar Floods – How to Help”

  1. 1 Srinivas murthy August 31, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    i am intrsted to do help call me on 9731111181 or 9740788886

  2. 2 Rural Physician August 31, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I just wonder why the Medecines Sans Frontieres (MSF) has not started working here for floods!?


  3. 3 Priti August 31, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Hi , I want to help as a volunteer and with aid what can i do and where can i come ?

  4. 4 yoomilee September 1, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Dear Srinivas and Priti,

    I am not currently on the ground, so cannot direct you much further than to have you contact the organizations I listed directly.

    To contact AID from India, please get in touch with the closest AID chapter, which you will find in this link:

    Dear Rural Physician – I cannot speak for MSF, but I assume that they may come in once the immediate relief phase is over.

  5. 5 yoomilee September 1, 2008 at 3:54 am

    AIDIndia is circulating an online petition asking the Central Government to increase its relief efforts ten fold as their existing efforts are woefully inadequate:

  6. 6 Rohit Kumar September 1, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Dear All

    As you all aware of that “BIHAR currently under going world Worst natural Disaster .The effect the Disaster is So savior that almost 14 to 16 District has Submerge in the flood Water and Approx 40 Million People has Become home Less and lost there Every things, among 14 district the worst Effected district are Purnia, Sahersha, Madhepura, , Katihar, Supol, Arariya, Bhagalpur etc. The Conditions in coming Days is going to be More Worst due to Lack Food and other Necessary Items. People are running in Masses to get the Shelter under the camps.

    Keeping the situation, we would like to appeal an Individual, Corporate or Charities to Come Forward and Helps us in terms of there Capabilities.

    Interested People or Group Can Contact us through our Purnia Dist website.

    The Person’s Name and Donate Amount will get Display at Site,
    The collected Amount will get Handel by Register Trust or charity.
    Or one can send directly to Them Also for Proper Utilizations.

    1.) LIONS CLUB Purnia (Account No :-

    For any Information’s one Can contact me any Time at Given Number.


    Rohit Kumar

  7. 7 anil September 1, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I want to volunteer and are willing to work to go there to help ppl. Can pls provide the details..

  8. 8 DUDH NATH PATHAK September 1, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I am a qualified and well experience Male Nurse/Compounder (put up 41 years of service in the field). I am volunteer to practically help flood affected people in the area. Please guide me how I can help?

  9. 9 Aaron September 1, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I am also interested in volunteering my services, although I do not have medical experience I am young, healthy and prepared to help on the ground as I am currently living in India.

    Please leave any contact information so that myself and others interested in volunteering on the ground can help.

    Thank you.

  10. 10 yoomilee September 2, 2008 at 5:07 am

    GRASSROOTS INDIA TRUST, Labour League Foundation, SEWA and SEDEM in collaboration of several other organizations of Delhi and Bihar have decided to contribute to the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction process in Bihar. They have formed two teams of committed social development workers and volunteers to deliver relief material to the flood victims wherever they are staying at the moment. Their national team based at Delhi coordinates the relief work and fundraising, while the state team executes the actual relief work.


    They appeal to all concerned to contribue as much as possible in this difficult time for the people of Bihar. PLEASE ACT IMMEDIATELY!


    In Cash/Kind:
    Deposit at Our Collection Centres in Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla

    By Cheque (from India):
    Drawn in favour of GRASSROOTS INDIA TRUST payable at New Delhi.
    Send it by post to:
    Administrator, Grassroots India Trust, 301 H-51/E, A. F. Enclave, Okhla, New Delhi – 110 025 India

    By Cheque (from Foreign country):
    Drawn in favour of SEWA payable at New Delhi (FCRA No. 231660884).
    Send it by post to:
    Secretary, SEWA, BVK 3/4, New Seelampur (Brahmpuri Mod), Delhi – 110 053 India.

    By direct Bank Transfer (from India):
    Name of Account Holder: Grassroots India Trust
    Account Number: 279010100007207
    Name of Bank: AXIS Bank
    Address of Bank: 18 Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj, New Delhi – 110 002
    SWIFT Code: CHASUS33

    By direct Bank Transfer (from Foreign country):
    Name of Account Holder: SEWA
    Account Number: SB/CA 3092000100198100
    Name of Bank: Punjab National Bank
    Address of Bank: 4, L-Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110 001
    SWIFT Code: PUNB inbbdod

    In case of any query please contact the following:

    Dr. M. Mukhtar Alam, Chairman Labour League Foundation, 62A, DDA Flats, Ashok Vihar-III, Delhi – 110 052, Tel: +91-9968345380 E-mail:

    Mr. H. Arjjumend, Executive Director, Grassroots India Trust, 1st Floor, Royal Apartment, J-68 A. F. Enclave, Okhla, New Delhi – 110 025, Tel: +91-9868993710 E-mail:, Website:,

    * When you send a Cheque or Transfer the amount, kindly intimate through e-mail or by post to all or any of the above contacts.


    Time to time, the details of donation receipts and the expenditures along with the progress of the relief work done will be placed this website: .

    Names of donors contributing Rs. 2000 or above (or its equivalent) will also be placed on the website: .

  11. 11 yoomilee September 2, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Dear Anil, Dudh Nath Pathak and Aaron,

    Most of the contact information for organizations I can recommend are already listed in the post, as well as a comment I just posted about Grassroots India Trust. Do contact them directly to see how you may be able to volunteer.

    To contact the folks at Narmada Bachao Andolan, please call:

    Pervin Jehangir, Medha Patkar and Raj Kumar at the following numbers: 022-22184779, 09820636335, 07290-222464, 09424385139

    Anshu Gupta and Goonj can be contacted here:

    H.O Delhi-J-93, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi- 76 Tel.- 011-26972351, 41401216
    GOONJ Mumbai- Mr. Rohit Singh Tel.- 9322381600, Email-
    GOONJ Chennai- Ms. Padma Tel.- 9842665320, Email-

    And I just got word that Grassroots India Trust, along with several other NGOs are going to be coordinating relief and rehabilitation efforts. Here is the contact information:

    Dr. M. Mukhtar Alam, Chairman Labour League Foundation, 62A, DDA Flats, Ashok Vihar-III, Delhi – 110 052, Tel: +91-9968345380 E-mail:

    Mr. H. Arjjumend, Executive Director, Grassroots India Trust, 1st Floor, Royal Apartment, J-68 A. F. Enclave, Okhla, New Delhi – 110 025, Tel: +91-9868993710 E-mail:, Website:,

    Do let me know if you are successful in finding a way to volunteer.


  12. 12 ROHIT DHAR September 2, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I wish to help the effected people in bihar thru clothes, medicines, whatever i can. I am also asking my fellow colleagues and members in office to donate whatever they can…pls ask anyone to get in touch with me.
    I am based at Pune.


  13. 13 Sainath September 3, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    When is the Narmada Bachao Aandolan Team leaving for Bihar ?

  14. 14 Rohit kumar September 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    dear all

    one can rich the purnia dist via PATNA ( THROUGH TRIAN, or Bus)you can rich purnia via Calcutta, As purnia is a base CAMP FOR all relief operations, if you have any proble over there just contact me at +919701017438 or you can contat nay of our member through

    on can give the donation section under 80G for this please go throuh the details at


    team of kasba-purnia

  15. 15 Bhojpuri Baba September 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    It is Laloo Yadav that is responsible. That man has destroyed this State. The present government has some honestly and is able to deliver.

  16. 16 leena September 5, 2008 at 5:24 am

    i want to know the nearest locations in mumbai where i can give the colleted materials for bihar relief fund….. preferable near andheri/goregoan or malad…

  17. 17 yoomilee September 5, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Dear Leena,

    For Goonj drop-off centers, please see this link: From the link, it looks like there is a collection center in Andheri.

  18. 18 Amita September 6, 2008 at 6:23 am

    Two of GiveIndia’s Bihar based NGOs are doing work for the flood affected. Click on the link below to make a secure online donation. Indian/US/UK taxpayers will get a tax break and all donors receive an instant e-receipt.

  19. 19 Shantanu September 7, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Im ready to help by actually going there. would like to know how?

  20. 20 yoomilee September 7, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS) is also working in the affected districts of Bihar.

    “After a somewhat spontaneous and unorganised response to the devastating Bihar floods by BGVS activists residing in the affected districts (many of them being victims themselves), BGVS has now geared itself to work through 7 organised camps for the next two months, as per the enclosed plan.

    The cost for each camp is estimated to be around 400,000 rupees. As a matter of policy, BGVS does not accept funds that invoke FCRA clearance and conditionalities. However any kind of donation from within the country (India) accounts would be most welcome. Any such donations, in the name of ‘Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti’ may please be sent to:

    YWA Hostel No. 2
    G-Block, Saket
    New Delhi 110 017

    The accounts of such funds shall be maintained in a separate ‘Bihar Flood relief Account’, which will be audited and made public as soon as the efforts are over.

    In solidarity,

    Vinod Raina

    Please also contact the BGVS General Secretary: Asha Mishra at




    BGVS Bihar is active in all the seven flood affected districts, having better organizational strength in three districts, namely, Madhepura, Saharsa and Supaul. BGVS activists started work in these districts from the very first day; mobilizing food and other resources from the community. It also set up three relief camps in Saharsa district. Governmental efforts for relief and rescue appear feeble and inadequate as of now and need to be augmented. The condition of the affected people continues to be extremely distressing. The immediate need is to rescue people; otherwise their lives will be lost. The responsibility of a grassroots organization like BGVS is to help the people. After assessing the needs of the people and its organizational strength, BGVS has decided to continue its work in 11 blocks of 3 districts of Bihar.


    The objective of the programme is:-

    i. To provide immediate relief by providing food, clothes and water.
    ii. To provide proper health and sanitation facilities.
    iii. To provide relief from trauma by involving the people in creative activities.


    The strategy is to run 7 camps in 11 blocks of 3 flood affected districts. In each camp around 300 families or an average of 1000 people will get relief.

    In each camp, 15 full-time activists will undertake the tasks. Along with support resource persons, about 150 full-timers will work in these camps for two months. A coordination office will be established in Saharsa district from where all the efforts will be facilitated and monitored.

    The Structure

    – Formation of a 7 member of state level coordination committee
    – Formation of 11 member district level coordination committee in 7 districts
    – Formation of 21 member of Camp level coordination committee in 7 Camps

    The programme

    i. Provide proper food and accommodation

    BGVS will construct temporary structures for 250-300 people at each camp. Each camp will have two tents, one for males and another for females. Apart from this, two activity halls and one kitchen will be constructed. The camps will be established in nearby schools, BDO office or community centre, where one cloak will be established to keep the belongings of the people safely.

    ii. Organisation of Health Camps

    In each camp health camps will be organized for the whole month. Doctors will be mobilized from BGVS units in other states. A team of 3-4 doctor’s will remain for 10 days in each camp, providing proper treatment and medical facilities to the people.

    iii. Creative activities

    The presence of people in these camps provides an opportunity for many activities, which will also keep the people engaged. Some of these activities could be:

    a. Activities for children like Balmelas, children books, etc.
    b. Janvachan, of interesting books
    c. Video and Film Shows
    d. Literacy Classes
    e. Celebration of festivals and other days.
    f. SAMTA Mela (Women’s Mela)”

  21. 21 Manish September 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Hi , even i wanna donate clothes and other useful materials.. Please let me know where in Pune can i find someone/Some organizaation taking care of sending the usables to the victims ???

  22. 22 Arti Prakash September 9, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    my team working murligang,jankinager,beldery nahar,nawtol chouk ramnager,kumarkhand.and all flooded aria distr. in madhepura/purnia/araria ,sahrsha.

  23. 23 yoomilee September 9, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Dear Arti,

    Please let us know how people can contact you and whether you are taking volunteers or donations (and if so, how to get the donations and volunteers to you).

  24. 24 yoomilee September 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Dear Manish,

    Goonj has a collection center in Pune:

    Plot No.48, Survey 34/2, Vidyanagar (Near Coca Cola Godown), Pune -411 032 Tel.- 020-27172068 Cont.- Mr. C. Ravindranath

    You can see other collection centers for Goonj here:

    Thank you for your efforts.

  25. 25 runa September 18, 2008 at 9:31 am

    where in chandigarh can i give clothes etc for flood victims??

  26. 26 yoomilee September 18, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Dear Runa,

    I do not know of any collection centers in Chandigarh. However, if you would like to start one, you may send your clothes and supplies to a Goonj collection center in Delhi:

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