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  • The field report below, dated September 6th, by a team including Ms. Medha Patkar, finds that rescue operations are ongoing and thousands of people are still stranded:UPDATE ON THE FLOOD SITUATION IN BIHAREveryone has been hoping that the rescue operations in the calamity-affected areas of Bihar wou...
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  • Image and Content Courtesy: FMIS & Govt of Bihar Disaster Management Department .The Disaster Management Department of the Govt. of Bihar has a website providing detailed analysis, statistics related to the current flood situation. Access here.Details regarding affected districts are available h...
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  • India Development and Relief Foundation's mission is : " to support volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, healthcare, and welfare, without regard to religion, caste or creed. Clic...
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  • Asha for Education  is a well-known group of individuals working on education and other issues.Asha's Varanasi chapter is accepting donations for flood relief work: Click here .
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  • Karmayog has compiled an extensive listing of organisations that are working in the flood areas and are accepting donations. See HereThere are organisations doing relief material collection in all major cities and several smaller ones. A couple of specific requests from there: A doctor involved...
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  • Karmayog has compiled an extensive listing of organisations (here)  that are accepting contributions. In addition they have a listing of some materials and volunteers that are available for donation. Menaka Mills, Theni wants to donate 1000 blankets  Microsoft India is collecting donations...
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  • North Bihar has a long history of flooding.Through a series of posts here, we will attempt to explain the background of flooding in Bihar and what are the root causes.For those not familiar with the area the map above gives a startling glimpse into how strongly Ganga tributaries are interw...
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  • Courtesy: biharfloodrelief2008.blogspot.com Bihar flood relief is tracking the work of some Bihar based groups working on flood rescue and relief currently in the area around Forbesgunj in Araria district. They have been involved in flood rescue and relief work in the previous year too. The de...
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  • Dr. Jagannath Mishra, former Chief Minister of Bihar, has given a pathetic description of floods in Bihar. He said that "Nobody from the government has gone to Saharsa so far. If the people in Saharsa are surviving, they must be saying that we are engulfed in water since ten days and nobody is there...
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  • All is not well with the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) constituted on an order of the Government of India to determine the flow required to keep the Bhagirathi river 'alive and to ensure perennial environmental flow in the river'. It may be recalled that on June 30, 2008 the Government of India com...
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  • About the Report: The flood situation report has been a joint effort of Megh Pyne Abhiyan's (literally clouds' water campaign, involving people around the issue of water and livelihood, and a functional network of grassroots organizations) partners - Gramyasheel, Supaul; Kosi Seva Sadan, Saharsa; Sa...
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  • Water conservation is an important part of responsible living. Water is a precious resource which is not to be squandered. Fortunately, there are a number of really easy ways to save water without a whole lot of hassle, and some of the best are listed here!In the Kitchen Cut down on water usage in...
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  • Forwarded to the portal by: Biswanath Sinha, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Water MOVES is a quarterly published by Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development under a Sir Dorabji Tata Trust supported Water Governance Project. The prime focus of the newsletter is on water governance. The second edition...
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  • Below Poverty Line (BPL) households in India are made to cough up about Rs 9,000 million as bribe to avail basic and need based public services. The TII-CMS India Corruption Study 2007 focused on BPL households, mostly in rural India. The coverage of this study includes all parts of the country. The...
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  • We at the Water Portal, came up with some questions to ask the builder when you are buying an apartment. The more educated you are regarding the way the apartment is handling water, the better decision you are likely to make and one that will benefit you immensely in the long term. The builder does ...
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  •    Down To Earth magazine (www.downtoearth.org.in) covers the water purifier market in a relevant and important story in their current issue. It covers the different kinds of water purification technology and what they are effective against. It raises questions about Reverse Osmosis a...
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  • Most drinking water projects are designed for supply of treated water through pipes to communities ; this requires investment on infrastructure such as pumps, overhead tanks, supply pipes, water purification equipment and after the project, maintenance staff and funds; while all this calls for plann...
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  • In Vijaywada a determined effort has been made by the municipality to subsidize individual connection charge for the poor and break this entry barrier which prevents them from accessing piped water. An explanation of the details of the project. Should this be the approach for ensuring water for all?...
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  • Bottled water as daily drinking water Thirty five years after Bisleri launched India's first bottled water, urban India is filled with numerous bottled water brands, some known, and some unknown. There are more then 250 brands and 2000 plus bottling plants across the country. The market for packaged...
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  • Two press releases on the work being done by the National Disaster Management Authority regarding early warning systems for flooding, guidelines for management of urban flooding and more : http://www.pibmumbai.gov.in/scripts/detail.asp?releaseId=E2008PR58 http://www.pibmumbai.gov.in/scripts/detail.a...
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