Monday, August 18, 2008

Bihar Flood Relief – Your Contribution will save life

Bihar is facing its worst ever disaster in recent times and the koshi floods (river of sorrow) has ravaged the lives of millions (almost 50 lakh people) in the state. It’s impossible to even estimate the magnitude of the damage caused, lives that has been lost in the last few days as millions are stranded in marooned areas where no relief effort has reached.

Folks who have been carrying out rescue operations in the state have been in touch and the situation on ground is really heart wrenching. We are trying to supply some relief material and work with the agencies and NGO’s to provide support.

What is our focus?
Our focus is on providing clean water, Life Jacket and Plastic sheet for temporary shelter. Availability of clean drinking water is necessary to prevent any epidemic breakdown. Your donations are required for buying medicines & Plastic. You can also help us in purchasing these medicines by providing contacts.
These medicines will be delivered to Chandan Singh who is part of our team and based out of Patna. Chandan will take care of its further distribution. Distribution will be through some of the good NGOs working in the relief operations.

People behind this initiative
This initiative is driven by people from multiple bihar based groups. We have executed similar projects in past through these yahoo groups. Some of the projects that we have executed in past can be found at , &

How these medicines will be distributed?
Last year also the group had worked for the flood relief operation and drive details are available on .This year’s efforts are updated on

Your donations will be acknowledged and account statements will be published regularly, you can track the development by this blog. Donations collected and purchases done will be displayed & it will be updated regularly.

How to transfer donation?

There are three ways you can support the flood relief activity.

1) By sending your donation to below account numbers. The funds collected will be used to purchase necessary items (Our team working at ground zero keep sending us list of items which they need for flood relief work). Items thus purchases are send to Chandan who is leading the efforts from Patna.

Online –Transfer your donations to ICICI bank
Name: Ashok Kumar Sharma,
A/C Number: XXXXXXXXX [ We are not accepting donations in personal account account any more. Please send all your donations to Prayaas. Please check details about NGO Prayaas below. ]
Branch: Jayanagar/Bangalore


Please mention flood relief and your name in remarks section while transferring funds
Also mention your name in the comments (will help us track).
After transfer send an email with the transfer details to
We will send you a confirmation for the same.
Sending donations through NGO (Prayaas).
Institutional Donor and as well as individual can donate via our Sister NGO PRAYAAS

Please mention flood relief and your name in remarks section while transferring fund. Mention your name in the comments (will help us track)
Send an email with details to:
make a CC to:

Account in on the name of: M/S Prayaas
Current Account No. : 10447347087
Bank Address : State Bank of India, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Bank Code : 3301
IFSC code: SBIN0003301
Routing Number (Swift No.) : SBI NIN BB 147A
MICR number : 560002021

Prayaas Official Address:
Mr. Amitesh Bharti,Prayaas(r),
C1-201, GreenWood Regency,Doddakannahalli village,Carmelaram
PO, Adj. Wipro,Sarjapur Road,Bangalore – 560035, India.

If you want to send a cheque/DD:Please send the crossed A/c Payee cheque in favour of,"SBI, A/c Prayaas, Current A/c No. 10447347087"

Donar seeking Tax exemption under section 80G, please donate via PRAYAAS
The certificate & the receipt of your contribution will be dispatched by Prayaas. To get the certificate & the receipt of your contribution, Please email your name and address along with detail of your contribution to Amitesh at
make a CC to:

2) We keep updating our blog for the list of items which are required at ground zero. You can buy those items and send them directly to Chandan and his team.

You can find the contact details of our team in the blog. Feel free to ask them how you can send relief materials directly to Chandan and his team.

3) Sending money directly to CHIEF MINISTER RELIEF FUND.

Bihar Chief Minister Relief Fund
Write a cheque to
A/C Name: "Chief Minister Relief Fund, Bihar"
A/C No: 10839124928
Bank: State Bank of India, Secretariat Branch, Patna.
Branch Code: 153
City/State: PATNA, BIHAR
Pincode: 800015
Swift Code: SBININBB156
IFSC Code: SBIN0000153
Phone: (0612) 2206684, 2224889
Put your Phone number, name and address on the back of the cheque.Deposit the cheque to the nearest State Bank of India cheque drop box
Disaster relief State Control Room Number:: 91-612-2217305/2215027/6452572

NOTE: Kindly note that any left over money (In case we are not able to spend donated money) will be send to CM Relief fund. All donors will be updated accordingly when we decide to send money to CM Relief Fund.



सदस्यगण सहायता राशि "मुख्यमंत्री रहत कोष, बिहार" के नाम से चेक या डिमांड ड्राफ्ट " मुख्यमंत्री सचिवालय, ४ देशरत्न मार्ग पटना" के पते पर भेज सकते हैं | और जो कैश जमा करना चाहते हैं वे भारतीय स्टेट बैंक, सचिवालय शाखा, एकाउंट नंबर 10839124928 (कोर बैंकिंग, कहीं से जमा करने की सुविधा) पर जमा कर सकते हैं|

Webadmin said...

It would be nice if you can create a PayPal account for donation. For peoples outside India it will be very easy to donate via PayPal it is very easy to setup and free of cost. Great effort of you guys Hats Off.

Anonymous said...

Dear All,

We are not tracking CM Relief fund.. Please don't send us email/ phone call about donation into CM Relief fund.

We are trcking only donation into our ICICI bank a/c and NGO Prayaas


Anonymous said...

To webadmin,

Reply to comment by webadmin..

You can transfer money to our ICICI a/c or NGo Prayaas A/C.

Check out BALANCE SHEET 2008 :

many people has done it


Kshitiz Anand said...

We have set up a flickr group and are also in process of bringing more online communities together for this. I am also trying to co-ordinate some things on the university front.

It would be really good if you could set up a Paypal account.
That way it will be easier for people outside to put in.

I am said...

kshitiz what about Goonj? I Know one of our Ford Fellow is working with them ?

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