CBSE Class 11 English Long Composition – Report Writing
Report writing is an attempt to gather information about an event, incident or accident from the persons concerned, the parties involved, the victims and authorities. The third person point of view ensures objectivity in report.
Heading is essential. The report may be in one or two paragraphs. Give details of the event/ incident—date, time, venue, and other relevant facts.
- Be objective.
- Organise the details properly.
- Present the material systematically and logically.
REPORT FOR A SCHOOL MAGAZINE
(a) Heading, and
(b) Writer’s name and class.
Language : Should be semi-formal. Try to be simple but attractive and appealing.
Avoid displaying your linguistic ability.
Content : — factual information about school activity/event.
— date, time, venue of the activity/event.
— sequence of event/programme.
— information about participants/chief guests/judges.
— kind of organisation, people responsible for programme/ arrangements.
— results, if describing a contest.
REPORT FOR A NEWSPAPER
Usual subjects : Political news, sports news, crimes, accidents, natural disasters, etc.
(b) ‘Byline’, i.e., by a correspondent/reporter or an agency as its source and
(c) Date-line—date and place of occurrence.
Language and Style : — quite formal,
— passive voice is preferred,
— journalistic jargon (vocabulary/expressions) e.g., according to ministry/party spokesman or according to government sources and
— use words like ‘alleged’ or ‘suspected’ before ‘murderer’, ‘smuggler’, ‘thief’, etc.
Content : It is most important. The main information is given in the
first two or three sentences. Other essential information like date, place, occasion, etc. follow. Presentation should be symmetrical.
C.1. REPORTS FOR SCHOOL MAGAZINE
The Principal of your school retired after rendering 35 years of meritorious service. A grand function was held to give him a hearty send-off. Write a report in 150-200 words for publication in your school magazine describing the celebrations. You are Sudha/Sandeep of XI A.
A GRAND FAREWELL
(by Sudha, XI A)
Our esteemed Principal Sh. R.R. Gupta retired on 30th September this year after rendering 35 years of meritorius service. On the day of his retirement a grand function was held to give him a hearty send-off. Students and teachers organised a cultural show. Songs and poems dealing with his qualities were recited. Our Vice Principal delivered a thought-provoking speech. He praised the outgoing principal for his contribution to education and sports. Students garlanded the principal and escorted him to his car. Some of them became emotional. They began to weep. We bade him farewell with tears in our eyes.
Your school has recently opened a computer wing. The facility of computer training and access to Internet connections has been made available to students. As Rakesh/Rashmi of XI B, write a report on the new computer wing in 150-200 words for your school magazine.
NEW COMPUTER WING
(by Rashmi, XI B)
The new computer wing of our school on 25th April constructed at a cost of two crore rupees was inaugurated by the Director of Education, yesterday. This wing with five halls on first floor has twenty computers with access to internet connections. The ground floor has facility of computer training for the beginners. It has nine rooms with five computers in each room. Our school authorities have now fulfilled a long felt need of the students. Computer training facilities will arouse and sustain the interest of the students in IT industry and new technology.
You were a member of your school cultural club which participated in the zonal inter-school music and dance competition and won the trophy. Write a report in 150-200 words for your school magazine describing the items presented, preparation, costumes, music, performance and efforts of the participants and teachers. You are Nehadsfavin of XI D.
CULTURAL CLUB BAGS TROPHY
[by Navin, XI D]
The cultural club of our school added another feather to its cap when it won the trophy in inter-school music and dance competition held at Sophia School, Meerut. Our school team participated in solo as well as group items of music and dance. Kathak dance by Mohini, ghazal by Renu, folk song by Urvashi and group song were highly acclaimed. We were rated second in group dance, bhajan and geet. We won the trophy for our over-all best performance. The students and teachers had worked hard for a month. They hired costumes and rehearsed three to four hours a day for each item. In spite of initial nervousness, the performance on stage was splendid.
The Environment Club of your school organised a campaign to celebrate cracker-tree Diwali. Posters, placards and banners were prepared. Then a long march was organised Write a report in 150-200 words for publication in your school magazine about the campaign describing the efforts put in by staff and students to make tire campaign successful. You are Mohini/Mayur of XI C.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST CRACKERS
[by Mayur, XI C]
Environment club is fairly active in our school. It organised a campaign to celebrate cracker-free Diwali. Posters, placards and banners were prepared. Posters were displayed at prominent places. Then a long march was organised. Teachers and students assembled at 9.00 a.m. All the students were in their school uniform. They carried banners and placards in their hands. They stopped near the posters and notices displayed along the road. The aim was to create awareness among the public in general and the young children in particular. Crackers create sound pollution. Being expensive, they are a wasteful luxury. The money* ends in smoke and fire. Moreover, child labour is involved in cracker industry. Thus exploding crackers indirectly leads to exploitation of child labour. The response of the general public was good.
Write a report in 150-200 words for publication in your school magazine describing how the Tteacher’s Day was celebrated in your school. You are Priyanka/Piyush of XI A.
TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
[by Priyanka, XI A]
Teacher’s Day was celebrated by us in our school on the 5th September. All the teachers were our honoured guests. We, the students, organised the entire day’s programme. First of all we decorated the school with banners and posters. This year’s celebration was a special one because Mr R.C. Mathur, our physics teacher had received national award for the best teacher. We invited him to the stage, read out the citation and honoured him with a bouquet and a shawl. Then we paid our respects to the other teachers.
After the assembly, came the most interesting part. Students of class XII went to the other classes and ‘taught’ the children. There was a party for teachers during the break. Our teachers were touched by our love and affection. They appreciated our concern, and care for them.
Your school has celebrated ‘Library Week’ recently. The editor of your school magazine has asked you, the head boy/girl, to submit a report in 150-200 words to be published in the magazine. As Manish/Manisha, write the report.
[by Manisha, Head girl]
Library week was celebrated in Vivekananda Memorial School in January. The students took active part in decorating the library tastefully and arranging the books, magazines, posters, charts and innumerable written material in the hall. The title covers of the new arrivals were displayed on the notice boards in the porch. The school counsellor addressed group meetings and made us aware of the utility of books. He stressed that books could be our everlasting friends and advised us to adopt books. Moreover, books lead us from ignorance to knowledge and superstition to enlightenment. We can crane in contact with the genius of the previous ages through the books. Our school librarian advised us how to borrow books from the library and keep them neat and clean. On the final day, the Principal awarded special prizes to the teacher/student who had borrowed the maximum number of books from the library during the session.
You are Amrit/Amrita, the head boy/girl of Ryan International School, Gurgaon. ‘No Tobacco Day’ was organised by the Health Club of your school last week. Write a report in 150-200 words for publication in the school magazine.
NO TOBACCO DAY CELEBRATIONS
[by Amrit, Head boy]
Last Saturday our school celebrated ‘No Tobacco Day’ in school hall. The aim was to create general awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco on human lives. We displayed posters and banners in and around the school campus to this effect. An exhibition was arranged in the Activities’ Room, to enlighten the people about ‘Tobacco— the silent killer.’ It highlighted the harmful effects of smoking, chewing or inhaling tobacco. A public meeting was also arranged. Eminent doctors, local dignitaries and general public participated. The doctors highlighted how tobacco harms not only the user but also others adjacent to him. With the help of slides, film strips and charts, they illustrated how tobacco impairs human throat, eyes, lungs, digestion and blood ;i , circulation system. It could lead to mouth sores and cancer. Dr Anuj Vats advised people to avoid the use of tobacco in any form. The programme had a salutary effect on all.
You are Sneh/Anshu of Army Public School, Meerut. Recently you had the honour of having participated as the contingent leader of your school team in the Republic Day parade in Delhi, in which your school was adjudged the best participating team. Write a report in about 150-200 words about the memorable event for publication in your school magazine.
REPUBLIC DAY HONOURS
This year’s Republic Day will ever be cherished as a red letter day by our school. On this historic occasion our school team had the good fortune to participate in the Republic Day parade at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. More than fifty teams representing different parts of India displayed their varied, colourful and romantic items of songs, dances and aerobics. Their feats made people glued to their feet. The enthusiasm and cheerfulness of the . participants was beyond description. The celebrations were also a test of performance of the participating teams. When the name of our school was announced as the best participating team, I felt overjoyed. For a moment, disbelief overpowered me. Then I as contingent leader went forward to receive the shield. I dedicated this award to our Principal and the Physical Instructor who had provided us such an excellent training.
The Golden Jubilee celebration of your school has just ended. It was a year-long programme featuring an inter-school debating contest, a play festival, a fun fair, an exhibition, special programme for ex-students and parents and concluding with a grand cultural programme. As Mayank/Mayuri of XI A, write a report in 150-200 words for publication in your school magazine.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Our school completed fifty years of its existence on ‘Basant Panchami’—the 5th February, this year. To commemorate the event, a year-long programme of celebrations were planned. Meetings of staff, and students’ council were-held. An organising committee comprising the principal, five members of staff, office bearers of the student council was constituted. A calendar of curricular activities was chalked out. It was decided to hold an exhibition of art and craft and science exhibition at school level. Fancy dress and dance competitions were held for the primary section. A Golden Jubilee issue of the school magazine was also brought out. Inter-school debate contest and a play festival were held in September and October. Dining November, special programmes were staged by ex-students. On the concluding function, a dance-drama ‘Eklavya’ was presented. It was acclaimed by the audience.
The library of your school has been expanded and modernised with the facilities of computer and Internet connection and video tapes and shifted to a new block which is more spacious and better ventilated. As Rishabh/Ruchika, write a report in about 150-200 words for your school magazine.
THE NEW MILLENNIUM LIBRARY
The new millennium has showered a wonderful blessing on us in the form of a well equipped modem library housed in a spacious and better ventilated complex. It is indeed a ‘quiet comer’ as it is detached from the main block. It has a large hall with seating capacity for 500 students. The tables and chairs have been arranged tastefully. The curtains on the large and airy windows match with the sobriety of the place. The walls are decorated with posters and pictures. .There are four other halls adjoining it. Books on different subjects are kept in almirahs there. Our principal has provided a facelift to the library. Even the catalogue has been computerised. By making Internet connection available to the computers in the library, we now have access to the latest books in the world. Moreover, we have the facility of borrowing educational audio and video tapes in addition to two books at a time. These changes have made our library a really attractive place.
You are Shekhar/Sarika of Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Chandigarh. The annual sports of your school were held on 12th February, 20XX. Write a report for your school magazine giving all details of the function.
THE ANNUAL SPORTS DAY
12th February, 20XX, was a big occasion for our school. The Annual Sports of our school were held on that day at our school playground. A colourful shamiana was erected for guests and teachers. The stands were also tastefully decorated. The athletes gathered in front of the stage at 8.30 a.m. There was a march-past. The Principal took the oath and declared the sports-meet open. At 9.30 the track events began with 200 metre race for boys and 100 metre race for girls. Field events like long jump, high jump, javelin throw and discus throw were held in between the races. The programme was beautifully planned. In the afternoon the cycle race, sack race and three legged-race provided amusement. The musical chair race for guests provided a lot of fun. Kamal Nath of XII A was declared the best athlete.
You are Aditi/Aditya of Rani Laxmi Bai School, Jhansi. The Children’s Day was celebrated in your school on 14th November, this year. You took an active part in the celebrations. Write a report in about 150-200 words on ‘The Children’s Day’ for the school magazine.
THE CHILDREN’S DAY
The Children’s Day was .celebrated in our school on November 14, this year. This day is the birthday of our beloved Chacha Nehru. It is celebrated in schools all over the country. This year it was celebrated in our school with great pomp and show. The Education Minister was the Chief Guest. A cultural programme was organised. Dances, songs and one-act plays were presented. Students recited poems. In the morning, sports were held. A Bal Mela was also organised in the afternoon. The students arranged the stalls there.
Parents and other visitors went round the stalls. They liked the items prepared by students and praised their efforts. Tiny-tots were most elated. For them it was colourful fair. They moved about freely and enjoyed themselves. It was now afternoon. The Chief Guest awarded prizes to winners of sports, best stalls and cultural events. The function ended with thanks giving ceremony.
Amarapali is the Secretary of the cultural society of ABC School, Janakpuri. Van- Mahotsava is celebrated in her school on 24 August. She is asked to write a report of the programme. Write this report with all necessary details about programmes, participants, cleanliness, tree plantation, dances, etc.
[Amarapali, Cultural Secretary]
The environment club of our school, celebrated Vana-Mahotsava on 24th August, 20XX. Our Botany teacher Ms M. Sudhakar, set the tone by delivering an illuminating discourse on the importance of the trees in our environment. Then Nishant, the president of the club, informed the assembly of the day’s programme. Some posters and slogans were displayed. These depicted the benefits of trees and the harmful effects of deforestation. The Vana-Mahotsava was inaugurated by the Principal by planting a neem sapling. Teachers and students followed suit. One hundred trees were planted. Each tree was allotted to a group of five to look after. Thus the awareness of preserving trees was created.
C.2. REPORTS FOR A NEWSPAPER
You are Rashmi/Rohan Kapoor reporter for The Indian Express. Write a report for your newspaper on miscreants hijacking and looting a bus from Delhi, bound for Dehradun. Your report should be of 150-200 words.
TOURIST BUS LOOTED
[Rashmi Kapoor, Staff Reporter, ‘The Indian Express’]
Meerut, 17 April, 20XX
A daredevil act was reported by the passengers of an ill-fated deluxe tourist bus which was going from Delhi to Dehradun on the night of the 16th April. It passed Meerut around 11.20 p.m. When the bus reached near Shamli, the driver noticed road blocks and indicators for diversion. He applied brakes. Just then some miscreants appeared from the cover of darkness. Two of them engaged the driver in conversation while the other two managed to enter the bus. They threatened to shoot the conductor and a passenger. They compelled the driver to take an approach road. The bus reached a wilderness. All the miscreants now became active. They surrounded the passengers and forced ladies to part with their jewellery and compelled men to surrender cash and costly items. A case has been registered for robbery but the offenders are still at large.
You are Asha/Arun Verma, correspondent for The Times of India. Write a report in 150-200 words for publication in a newspaper about the arrest of a gang of scooter/car lifters operating in your city.
CAR LIFTERS ARRESTED
(Arun Verma, Staff Correspondent, TOI)
New Delhi, 12 October, 20XX
A gang of scooter/car lifters operating in Delhi, U.R, Haryana and Punjab, was arrested due to the vigilance of Delhi Police. The gang, consisting of four teenagers was nabbed near Noida late at night.
The police control flashed the description of a red coloured Tata-Indica missing from the porch of Kanishka hotel. All patrol parties were put on high alert. On a tip-off from the Safdarjung cross-road the missing vehicle was spotted near Noida. The Uttar Pradesh Police was immediately contacted. The miscreants were forced to surrender. On interrogation they revealed the details of other cars, scooters and mobikes stolen by them.
You are a press reporter. You have interviewed different victims of the earthquake/ flood to know their experiences. Sum up their experiences in 150-200 words as a report for a newspaper.
PLIGHT OF EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
(Nidhi, Reporter, ‘The Sun’)
Bhuj, 25 August, 20XX
The unfortunate victims of the 26th January earthquake are still shelterless, jobless and nervous wrecks. The trauma of the devastation has proved unbearable for many. Tall promises of rehabilitation, development, social and economic reconstruction have proved hollow. The plight of the victims is apparent from their conversation. Most of them complain of the apathy of the government machinery. They need physical facilities, medicines and psychological care in addition to financial help. The voluntary organisations should come forward to render help.
Recently, the protest of bus-operators against the banning of diesel driven buses brought transport to a standstill. Describing the plight of the harassed commuters—school children, office-goers, patients, old and sick persons, write a report in about 150-200 words for a newspaper. You are Nidhi/Manoj.
[Nidhi, Staff Reporter]
New Delhi, 28 November, 20XX
A state of disorder and confusion was witnessed at almost all the bus stops whereas the situation was quite chaotic at the railway stations and ISBT. This was a direct outcome of the protest by bus operators against the Delhi Govt, orders to ban diesel driven buses with immediate effect. According to the Supreme Court orders only CNG fuel driven buses could operate after 1st October. The bus-operators pointed out that conversion to CNG mode was costly and refuelling was time consuming. So they called for a flash-strike to register their grievances. Their action brought transport to a standstill. School children, office-goers, patients, old and sick-persons were all stranded. There were not enough vehicles on the road to cope with the rush. Taxis and auto rickshaws had a field day. The plight of women and children was touching. Some alternative fuel or energy source is needed to save the transport going into a mess.
A school boy of fifteen displayed remarkable nobility and heroism in rescuing men, women and children trapped in an overturned bus. After rescuing them he also arranged for their hospitalization. As Vineeta/Vipin, write a report in 150-200 words for publication in a newspaper.
SCHOOL BOY SAVES LIVES
[Vipin, Staff Correspondent, TOI]
Kanpur, 7 May, 20XX .
Fifteen-year-old Ashish saved two precious lives. He rescued people trapped in an overturned bus. It was about 8 p.m. when Ashish was returning home after tuition. As he came to a lonely dark spot near the bend, he heard cries. He found a bus on its left side. It had probably skidded. The passengers were trapped. Some of them had managed to come out of the windows and were extricating other persons. Ashish climbed in from driver’s seat. He carried a small child out and gave it artificial respiration. Then he lifted an old lady in his arms. She was a heart patient and swooned on seeing blood stains. Ashish stopped a passing auto rickshaw and took them to the city hospital.
You are Rahul/Rashmi, a staff reporter of The Hindustan Times. You have been asked to cover the incident of a daylight robbery when the inmates were watching television in their house. Write a report in 150-200 words.
A BROAD DAY LIGHT ROBBERY
[By Rahul, Staff Reporter, HT]
New Delhi, 10 Feb., 20XX
Three unidentified armed youths robbed a businessman’s house in Sundar Nagar yesterday at about 2 p.m. when the family was watching television in their drawing room. It was learnt that they entered from the back door in the street, cut off the telephone wires and bolted the doors of the drawing room from outside. Then they entered the bed rooms, broke the locks of chests, safes and almirahs and carried away cash and jewellery. The maid servant, who was cleaning the kitchen, noticed strangers moving about suspiciously. As she opened her mouth to shout, one of the robbers hit her on the temple with the butt of his revolver. She fell down unconscious. In the meanwhile, the robbers drove away in the Ford Ikon car of the businessman. The maid servant is the only eyewitness in this case of broad day light robbery. The police is investigating the case.
You are Puneet/Nalini, a correspondent of The Pioneer. While passing near Lucknow University, you saw a violent demonstration of the students. Write a report in 150-200 words for your newspaper.
STUDENTS PROTEST AGAINST FEE-HIKE
[Puneet, Staff Correspondent, The Pioneer]
Lucknow: 15 September, 20XX
It was a unique event in the history of the Lucknow University when angry, slogan-shouting students proceeded to the Vice-Chancellor’s office from all sides. Apprehending trouble and breach of peace, the authorities had sought police protection. The whole area looked like a fort guarded by garrison. While the youth raised slogans and waved placards, the police resisted their attempts to break the cordon and rush into the Senate hall, where a meeting of the Executive Council was going on. The shouts of “revoke the enhanced fee”, reverberated in the air. Ultimately, the Registrar came out and asked the agitated students to submit their case in writing. The students felt pacified as he assumed them that the E.C. will consider their demands. The students presented a charter of demands, dropped their demonstration and went back to their classes.
‘Traffic Week’ is being observed in your city. Within the first two days the police has booked over three hundred violations. Under-age drivers are the main culprits of lane breaking, jumping red lights and speed violations. As Pritish/Parul write a report in 150-200 words for publication in a newspaper.
[Parul, Staff Correspondent]
New Delhi: 8 April, 20XX
The “Traffic Week’ currently being observed by the Delhi Police promises to be effective in controlling traffic problems of the city. In the first two days of the week-long campaign, over three hundred violations have been booked for various offences. Maximum offences were of lane breaking. These violations were detected using special devices with the electronic eye fitted strategically. Jumping red-lights and breaking speed limits are next in frequency. These violations are reported to cause accidents with pedestrians and cyclists. High on the list of offences is rash driving by under-age drivers, some of whom sit behind the steering wheels without a driving licence. It will be better if the “Traffic Week’ is preceded by an ‘Awareness Week’.
You are a press reporter. Recently Delhi reeled under a heavy fog for 22 days. This resulted in cancellation of many trains and air-flights. Passengers were stranded at the Palam Airport and Indira Gandhi Airport. Write a report in 150-200 words highlighting the plight of the stranded passengers.
PLIGHT OF STRANDED PASSENGERS
[Mukul, Staff Correspondent, The Indian Express]
New Delhi: Jen. 21, 20XX
The weather gods have been fickle and unpredictable and the forecasts of the weathermen ominously correct. What surprised everyone is the long spell of fogs and low temperature
for more than 20 days. The thick fog delayed air flights and fast running trains. Passengers who had booked their seats in advance reported at the airport in time. They were not allowed to leave the hall. An announcement was made from time to time that the flight had to be rescheduled. Gradually, the number of passengers increased and the information network failed. The harassed persons could not contact their dear ones as the STD booths were not functioning. The stalls selling tea/coffee and snacks had already exhausted their supplies. Poor visibility and extreme cold made it difficult for people to move out. They remained cramped and stranded in the overcrowded waiting hall. What an ordeal for the air-travellers!
Recently, the protest of industrial workers against the shifting of polluting industries out of residential areas brought normal life of the city to a standstill. Rioting, stoning and burning of buses, attack on government property were witnessed all over the city. As Akash/Akanksha Chawla write a report for publication in a newspaper in 150-200 words.
RIOTING BY INDUSTRIAL WORKERS
[Akanksha, Staff Correspondent, TOI]
New Delhi: 6 April, 20XX
Three buses were burnt and five were damaged by a stone throwing and road-blocking mob of agitated industrial workers. They felt provoked by the government decision to shift polluting industries out of residential areas to far flung places in outer Delhi or even out of Delhi. They felt cheated as they would be deprived of their jobs which was their sole means of subsistence. Hence they decided to lodge a protest in their own way. The protesters organised a demonstration and raised slogans. Flared up by the speeches of labour leaders, the peaceful march took a violent turn. Now the protesters came on roads and blocked traffic. Some mischievous elements destroyed government property. Schools were closed and markets forced to close. The commuters were stranded at various places. Till evening no settlement of dispute was in sight.
‘Cinema Fire claims 156.’ This is the newspaper heading. Write a report on the event mentioning the following points. Your report should be in about 150 words.
— Place, date
— What, where, when
— Details of cause of fire
— People injured, extent of damage
— Rescue operations
— Government’s response /action
CINEMA TURNS INFERNO
[An eyewitness account by Suruchi]
Yesterday a very devastating fire broke out in Uphar Cinema, New Delhi, taking a toll of 156 lives. The show was running on when the fire started at about 2 p.m. in the afternoon. On seeing the smoke and suffocation the firemen gave alarm but there was pitch dark in the hall. Audience started running one after the other for safety. More than 100 people got serious injuries. As the fire spread like a wild fire, the hall was completely burnt. Its roof fell flat with a crackling sound. More people could not be rescued by the fire brigade due to congestion in the hall and the area. The police reached in time and registered a case of gas leakage in the canteen. The canteen manager was arrested and taken into police custody. The city government has initiated an inquiry into this heinous act.
‘Kidnapping bid foiled’. This newspaper heading caught your attention. Develop a report in about 150 words on the above event mentioning the following points:
— Place, date
— What, where, when
— Details of the vehicle
— Reaction of passers-by
— How Munish responded
— Social responsibility: prompt actu Police rescued the child
KIDNAPPING BID FOILED
[XYZ, News Correspondent, The Express]
An attempt to kidnap an eight year old boy, Asim, was foiled by the timely intervention of East Delhi police on Friday. Asim was going to his teacher’s house in the Saraswati Vihar at about 4.30 p.m. on Friday when he was whisked away by a red Maruti car. Many passers-by shut their eyes to the cruel, unjust and wicked act. But Munish Kumar, a young man noted the van number and informed the Police Control Room. The police at once swung into action and nabbed the kidnapper. The child was rescued and restored to his parents. The kidnapper, it was learnt, was a former employee of Asim’s father and wanted to kidnap him for ransom. He is now languishing in police custody. The courage, nobility and sense of responsibility displayed by Munish Kumar is a fine example for others to emulate.
The floods in the state of Orissa, adversely affected the area causing destruction to life, property, cattle and crops. As a news correspondent, you visited this state. Write the details of this disaster in 150-200 words. Also give a suitable title to your write up.
DEVASTATION BY FLOODS
[XYZ, News Correspondent, The Express]
A visit to the flood-hit districts of the state of Orissa fills one with depressing thoughts. How can nature be so cruel? The cyclonic storm has proved a disaster for the state. Coastal areas have been .hit hard. The villages and hamlets have been adversely affected. Thousands of acres of land having crops are still submerged in water. Millions of cattle have been washed away or perished in the flood waters. Thousands of the villagers have been rendered homeless. Hundreds of children and the aged have been swept off. Thus there has been an all round destruction of life, property, cattle and crops. Government agencies and voluntary groups have rushed to the help of the flood- affected victims. The situation is grim and calls for more concerted efforts.