Target: Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Goal: Denounce delayed aid after massive flood and demand increased relief efforts immediately
Tens of thousands of people have been left without help after the worst flood in over a century devastated the Kashmir valley in India. Torrential rains have stranded thousands of people without food, fresh water, sanitation, or communication with their family members. For almost a week, flood victims went without any aid from the central government, and although aid was eventually sent, the government is not meeting the current needs of citizens.
Aid from federal and municipal authorities was not seen in many areas until eight days after the rain stopped. Some were forced to drink floodwater due to a lack of relief supplies, while others had to rely on volunteer organizations for food or rescue.
Floodwater has started to recede in Kashmir, but there is enough remaining to keep residents stranded on their rooftops, while water grows stagnant and the risk of disease increases. Physicians responding to the disaster are complaining about a lack of drugs and antibiotic medications, intravenous fluids, and sanitary products.
Hundreds were killed and thousands were left homeless by the disaster, with the death toll rising every day that citizens are left without aid. It is imperative that governments are fully prepared to mobilize disaster relief in order to properly mitigate the effects of floods, which are common in the Kashmir valley. Your signature will condemn the government’s slow reaction to the disaster, and demand more attention to the immediate relief efforts.
Dear President Mukherjee,
Disaster relief aid has been exceedingly slow to take effect after torrential rains flooded the valley of Kashmir. Certain areas did not see municipal or federal aid until over a week after the rain stopped, leaving citizens without food, running water, and rescue. Thousands of people still awaiting rescue and aid as water stagnates and the likelihood of disease increases and medical centers run out of resources with which to treat the rescued.
In the event of a massive natural disaster such as this, it is important that the government is prepared to promptly execute a relief plan. Leaving citizens stranded on rooftops for days without sanitation, medical care, and drinking water is unacceptable. I condemn the delay in government relief and demand that every effort is made to ensure that residents are receiving aid in a timely manner.
[Your Name Here]
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