We have been able to collect information about a bunch of avenues to contribute in the blog http://biharflood.wordpress.com Please choose one of your choice and contribute.
If you know me personally and are okay forgoing section 80G benefits, you can also help by sending cash for the medicines, first round of which we are planning to send by 2nd September. Get in touch, if interested.
In any case, picking up one of the avenues from the ones listed on the blog should always be possible.
If you are in Bangalore and would like to donate old clothes, please leave a comment. You can also coordinate such collection for your office and we’d be happy to figure out the logistic of collecting it from you.
If you want to coordinate some efforts of sending relief items in your city/area/company/college, please look at these posts, which have information about the things needed
A list of medicines required is available here – http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pXkYURrkCSy7Cd6zB4VmMQg
Given the number of people affected (Approx. 30 lacs by now) and the extent of devastation (Many comfortably placed families are on roads! Don’t even talk about those who already had very little!), combined with the fact that water is going to take couple of months or two to recede (to allow any kind of repair and reconstruction), it is going to be a long drawn out battle. How many people can be saved? How many can survive the mental trauma they will go through even if they survive physically? We don’t know. But at least many people are working on the ground and rest of us can help with resources.
There would be time enough for blame games in future. This is the time to do whatever we can!