How to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper appealing for help for the victims of a flood.
The Hindustan Times,
I have just returned from a tour of the flood-affected area in Bihar, where unprecedented havoc and destruction have taken place.
No doubt people are already familiar with the terrible tragedy that has overtaken Bihar, but the account of an eye witness will bring home to the people with all the greater effect the terrible distress which these disastrous floods have caused: In some places whole villages have been swept away and the crops over a large area destroyed. Thousands of villagers have been rendered destitute, most of them have nothing but the clothes in which they managed to escape somehow. They are living in temporary shelters expose to all the inclemency of the weather, without proper food and clothes.
The government is no doubt doing all it can to relieve the immediate distress, but unless public funds are raised and people make liberal contributions it is not possible to rehabilitate the flood-affected victims. When the floods subside, villages will have to be rebuilt and the villagers will have to be supplied with seed, fodder, cattle and farm implements before they can start work again.
I, therefore, strongly appeal to the people to help the government in the humanitarian task of relieving the distress of the poor sufferers by contributing generously to the Bihar Flood Relief Fund and thus earn the gratitude of their distressed fellow brethren.
Bihar Flood Relief Fund