Thursday, September 4

Send Medicines required in Bihar Flood Relief Camps

We have received request for following medicines. We are planning to send all the below mentioned medicines in a day or so.
1.Metronidazole Oral Suspension 60ml ;250x6.8:
Forbacteria and other microorganisms that cause infections of the reproductive trct, intestine, and other areas
2.Povidone Iodine Ointment :15 gm:500pc
Anti- bacterial application

3.Trimethoprim & Sulphamethaxole Syrup 60 ml.230x6.8
UTI infections, specially in children

5.Silver Sulfadiazine Cream 500 gm.;25x150
Antibiotic. As a cream it is used on the skin to prevent or treat serious infection.

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Wednesday, September 3

Send baby Milk Powder for Children in Bihar Flood Relief Camps

Details of supply and dispatch of medicines:
These were the medicines delivered at Forbesgunj on 29th of aug.
Chlorine tables=90,000
ORS(Biotral)= 1180
Bioton syrup =499 pc of 60ml each
Paracetimol= 1000 tabs
Biospas tabs= 300
Toyodom= 450
Tonact tabs=500
One life jacket.
Things are slightly better at Forbesgunj now, there are seven relief camps running over there.
In the relief camps, its the infants n childrens who are most vulnerable, so would request to send milk powder and baby food( infant formula) if possible.

Would like to thank Guneshwar (Ahmedabad) who has been a constant touch throughout these two weeks. He went ahead,funded himself, sourced the supplier from interior Gujrat, procured them and has sent 50 life jackets and rescue ropes.In the comind days these will be our most important accessories.
He also sent some very effective homeopath medicines for snake bites. That was really an eye opener.
Out of many snake species out here, only four are venomous. During a flood, when a small non inundated area is the only dry place, all living organisms take shelter there. This is a hotbed for bites from snakes, scorpions, centipedes and the like.
Most of the snakebites are misdiagnosed because of water, darkness, confusion and of course the flood trauma. So when a patient is lucky enough to be taken to a hospital, many times wrong diagnosis do cause more harm than good. I mean if you are bitten by a non-poisonous snake, and bite marks are not clear, and one is nervous and hyperventilating, doctors have a very tough and risky judgment to make. whether or not to administer an anti venom and for which species ?
In such circumstances, the suggestions sent by Guneshwar r very handy
People like Guneshwar, Raj/ Manish, Alok, Sandeep and countless others are the real backbone of our state. They inspire others.
Then there are people like Vivek (Bangalore) ,who just called up, asked for what we needed, and has sent milk & baby food for the most susceptible of the flood victims ; the infant and the children.
Unknown names, they just drop in and help you; There's an Indian origin doctor from the US of A who wants to work for flood victims, an American web designer from Tamil nadu.. they just want to chip in. People like Dr.Goswaamy, whom we source our chlorine from, goes out of his way to ensure we have the fresh stock of tablets, at the cheapest rates and he pays for the freight. He’s from Bhopal, owns Hind Pharma, is aware of all the developments of flood in our state. When you talk to him,you can feel the pain and compassion in his voice. Humanity? You bet.
That’s my India. .thats the 'dhak-dhak' you will hear when you come close to the ground
That’s the beat of humanity.
I have met some wonderful people in this fortnight of darkness, destruction and death in bihar.
I have seen the grit, the sheer determination to hang on, to claw their way back, to fight against all odds and triumph over death, and still offer Prayers to the river that caused all this.
Where else can you find this kind of forgiveness, this depth of longing, of belonging, of attachment to ones motherland?
And once in a while, when we are not busy managing our luggage, we long for our homeland, our Bihar….and then we feel the void. It hurts.
Thanks to Rajiv,Vivek & Ashok,Ajit n Divyanshu (24x7) team, you guys are putting graveyard shifts to shame:) and to all those who have been guiding us.


Today's flood status release,Bihar Govt

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Doctors and Medical Staff needed for Bihar Flood Relief Camps

We are looking for Doctors and Medical staff willing to work in the interior flood affected area in Bihar. Please come forward. We will not be able to provide any compensation or expenses however we will provide medicine and right contacts with people working at ground Zero.
We have larger number of cases of diarrhoea and mosquito bite.
Looking for volunteers and groups who can work with us

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Update from Patna Team

Dear friends,
The water levels have reduced in most of the affected areas.The new kosi is merging with Ganges at two points now, old and the new merging points. This acts as a buffer for the whole region and incidences of sudden spurt of water level will minimise.The reduced water level also brings in increase in chances of water borne infections. The most vulnerable sections are the infants and young children who are malnourished and exhausted by continuous exposure to extreme hardship.We have asked our friends to send milk powder, baby food supplements and the type to help these children to stabilize and recuperate properly. These children have already been exposed for up to 14 days extreme weather conditions and acute shortage of food.Guneshwar ji (Ahmedabad) and Vinod ji(Bangalore) have already sent/ are sending these for the children. All these products will be personally delivered to(primarily) women and children welfare camps in Supaul district; namely Birpur,Pratap gunj and Chatapur blocks. Chatapur is still out of reach and we hope the army will get in there today. Am attaching pictures of medicines sent to Forbasegunj. As reported, Forbasegunj is well equipped with supplies now,hence we will be starting with baby food at Supaul. I should be receiving 2nd consignment of chlorine( 3 lak tablets) today. I will update the details after receiving them.

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Cloth collection in Bangalore for Flood affected people

Cloths can be send directly to Red Cross PatnaYou can send Relief Material to Red Cross, Patna at following address:
Mr. S.P. Singh, IAS (Retd.)
Honorary Director
Bihar State BranchIndian Red Cross Society
North of Gandhi Maidan
Patna - 800001
Phone No: 0612 -2201035/6/7; 2226267


--- In, "sksuman02" wrote:>>
Some of our friends wants to collect clothes for flood affected people.
Can someone pl let us know how to send from Bangalore.


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Bihar Flood : Shortage of baby Milk power in Relief Camps

Guneshwar Ji,
Please place the order ASAP. Give me a call or mail me.... I will transfer the needed money.
Ashok Bhaiya,
I've planned to place order for milk powder today itself. I 'll try to find outbest possibleprice and send it by today evening. I can't wait more, please read this news
I think we need to be more aggressive in oue work, lets not get discouraged And without much beurocracy we should focus on work.
We should be able to work as soon as possible because there is such a hugerequirementfor everything then for what we are waiting....lets not work in governementstyle
Aur jo likhte hain ki khane ka koi kami nahi hai unhe ye samachar padha dijye.....
I am very upset ...
And one more thing Indian Express has also started a citizen initiative, we canput thisinformation also on our blog. So far I have seen best coverage of flood relatednews inIndian express. So they must have reach upto ground level...So one can think ofprovidingfund to Indian express rather CM fund. Its just my opinion...
--- In, "Vivek Kumar" wrote:>>
> A very disturbing news is coming from ground zero . There is a
> huge shortage of baby milk power at ground Zero. We are looking for procurement of baby >milk power. Please provide us pointers supplier.
> *Kindly mail me at vivek.learner@...* or call me.
> Regards,
> Vivek
> Hyderabad

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Tuesday, September 2

First consignment of Life Jackets send to Chandan @ Patna today.

From: guneshwar anand Subject: RE: [Bihari] Life jackets
To: "Ashok Sharma"Date: Tuesday, 2 September, 2008, 10:16 AM

Ashok bhaiya,
aapka message mujhe der se mila tabtak already wahan se consignment aa chuka tha. Maine kal raat (01/9/08) 10 pm DTDC ke air coargo service se Patna ke liye dispatch kar diya hai. I've already collected fund for the same. In case if we need extra rope and life jackets please let me know. Nahi to main aapke dwara transfer kiya hua paisa wapas kar deta hoon .

Life jackets : Rs 10,000
Courier : 4,853
Local transport : 1,000
Total : 14,953

Dear Mr. Guneshwar Anand.

Received your payment of Irs. 10,000.00 against your order for 50 Nos of Lifejacket, which is to be send to Bihar for Relief.

Cargo dispatch details :
Lifejacket Quantity : ( 30 X 2 packets ) = 60 pics.
Rope Quantity ( 20 mtrs.X 4 nos ) = 4 nos. ropes are packed inside the parcel.
Parcel : 02 Nos.
Transport : Rajdhani Travels ( time 3 pm ) will reach A'bad ( 7 pm )
Freight : Paid.
Contact Person : Mr. Vipulbhai mbl

hope you find all in order, please send me the receipt of the goods received by you by mail.

Best Regards
Xavier Rodrigues

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Needed volunteers who are good swimmers

We are still in evacuation phase. For that we may need two volunteers who are good swimmers.
Later this week, when we start the relief work, we can use their help in making relief packets for distribution,.
Best would be if you e-mail ID their contact no, or ask the team leader to send their contact number, Phone connectivity is slightly awry here.
I'll b leaving for chatapur( near forbesgunj) as soon as I get the life jackets & ropes.

+`chandan +919931763070

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Sunday, August 31

At Ground at Forbasegunj

Forbasegunj relief imitative;
Dr. Manish, Mr.Raj, Mr.Alok are residents of Forebasegunj who have been working tirelessly
for the last 14 days in rescuing and helping the flood victims in the vicinity of Forbesgunj, including Bir pur where the breach took place.

This is the town that stood up as one in their fight against this natural disaster. Their videos
posted on Youtube gives the first visuals of the severity of this deluge. They have been fighting ceaselessly, a show of determination and mental strength that is difficult to describe. They have fought for every inch, put their life on hold for every life they could save. Another such person is Mr. Sanjeev Srivastav, an industrialist who rushed from Kolkata as fast as he could. Mr. Srivastav, a strong swimmer and a dedicated relief worker is trying his best to rescue and help as many people in any way he can.

He has motivated many youths there along with Manish,Alok & Raj and now they a strong 20 men team who are working round the clock for rescue people. There is a need for a larger relief camp at Forbasegunj. We hope to get that started very soon. For people and agencies that can help them.

Regarding the fatalities, only an estimate can be given at this point of time. According to Sahara TV, who have special correspondent in the effected area, it is feared that even lak people might have perished (Yesterday 7pm live news bulletin) . I would pray that he is wrong and the official figure is the right one. What we have at hand is still a massive evacuation of millions stranded in the Kosi, and their subsequent rehab.

Lets work on that as best as we can.

Kosi 's curse; Pictures tell the story..

Bihar Flood : Map of New Kosi Route : Kosi Changed its Course of Flow

Bihar floods-day 13

This deluge is turning out to be one of the worst natural calamity that this state has ever witnessed.Huge number of people and animals have been affected. Thousands of people have been feared dead, and the loss of animal life cant even be estimated.This has to be one of the largest flash flood ...3 million people are still trapped and have to be evacuated .Today Nepal released 2.5 million cusecs of water, and water level has gone up by another three feet.At places the depth of water in farming areas where crops were standing 15 days ago is under 12-14 feet water and the current of water is comparative to ritcher 5 of earthquake intensity.

Chandan Singh
From Ground Zero
+91-99317 63070
+91-612 6450916

Update from Ground- 30th Aug 2008

Nepal has released 2.5 million cusecs of water just now.
Water levelnear Forbesgunj has risen by 3 feet in less than one hour. Forbeshgunjis critical now.Beldaur at Supaul -Khagaria border is taking water.Supaul is cut off. Probably Forbesgunj too. News people says lakhs dead, govt of bihar disasterrelief website reports 15 human deaths and zero livestock death. I myself have seen more than 200 cattle death. The speed and quantity at which rotting dead bodies are surfacing,epidemic is imminent, we will be concentrating more on ORS n chlorinein coming days.Army is doing its job, but these personnel are not from Bihar andbecause of lack of local knowledge of river current, its a very riskyevacuation.The relief camps are the only good news, ppl who have reached thereare being taken good care. But you will not see a single smiling face,All these people have lost someone or the other.News channels have started evacuating people now, because they areseeing what is inevitable.Its raining heavily, death is everywhere.Where is our Airforce ? The mighty Indian AF ? They spend more fuel inflying daily sorties than what will be needed to evacuate thousands ofpeople. Where is our Navy .. which is credited as being one of thebest equipped relief n rescue agencies in the world.Who is stopping them from doing what a small country like Sudan( andin fact Nepal)are doing for its citizens.What are we... flood fodders ?Both the central n state govt. has been very insensitive to therequirements of hapless biharies.Out of 30 laks that should have been evacuated., only 3.5 laks havebeen evacuated till now. Agencies have three days to evacuate as manyas possible...cause after that there will ... what can I say... u canread it in papers then.PRAY, Pray for the thousands who have perished, pray for those whohave been trapped on marooned islands getting eroded from both sides,waiting for the final slide that will take them to their watery grave.Pray for 5000 navy boats tomorrow, pray for your brothers. ..Pray for a miracle.Meanwhile, we are doing all we can. Bihari people have shown grit anddetermination that few in the world can match...everyone who can helpis doing, without thinking about their lives. These unknown faces arethe hero ...the beacon that shines bright in this fortnight ofdarkness and death.All of you who can contact your home in Bihar,specially in nearbyareas in Kosi belt, ask them about any information on places wherepeople may be trapped.We will try our best to help them.I thank friends for all the support that they are giving..every second counts.
For relief contact
Mr Parvez Alam,(Dep.Collector flood relief cell)

Aapda prabandhan cell

Red cross society in your area


0612 6450916