Hindustan Times lends Bihar a hand, on your behalf
If 2.6 million are homeless in one of India's worst natural disasters, it's time to stop thinking and do something.Updated: Sep 09, 2008, 00:51 IST
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So, you're struggling to relate to Bihar's misery?
If 2.6 million are homeless in one of India's worst natural disasters, it's time to stop thinking and do something.
Over the past week, the eight editions of the Hindustan Times across India have relentlessly front-paged stories from Bihar, driven by our reporters in relief camps and remote flooded areas.
We have been inundated by emails and letters from readers in India and abroad with offers of help.
So, we are now going beyond mere reportage.
Our Patna office has been running an eight-member help desk to contribute to the government's relief and rescue operations, and it's been a big success —working as a bridge between the state, donors and victims by communicating requirements and coordinating some relief efforts.
In two days, the helpdesk received more than 400 calls and saved more than 1,500 lives.
But the enormity of the tragedy and the scale of devastation only just emerging, as the water level recedes and people begin to take stock of their tragedies.
Children have been separated from parents, parents from relatives, and people have, in one stroke, lost their life’s savings and homes.
A team of HT reporters and photographers, drawn from across India, including the Patna and Ranchi editions, will bring to you their stories and your efforts.
Three reporters from HT City, our lifestyle section, are in the flood-hit areas reporting and helping out with the relief and rescue operations. No one asked them to go; they just wanted to.