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Pakistan earthquake anniversary

Oct 18, 2006

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One year on from the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, WSPA is in the final stages of a long-term recovery program aimed at helping to rebuild the country's crippled veterinary infrastructure.

As well as killing 82,000 people and displacing a further 3.2 million, the earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale, also killed more than 30% of the livestock in Northern Pakistan that are crucial for much of the population’s liveliehoods.

We have been working hard to ensure that as many veterinary clinics as possible are complete before the onset of what could be a particularly harsh winter. The welfare of buffalos and other animals are crucial to the livelihoods of the people in this region.

WSPA's intervention

Immediately after the quake, WSPA sent in five teams of vets to save surviving animals stranded or at risk of starvation or disease.

Working alongside other animal welfare charities and WSPA Member Societies The Brooke, the Humane Society International (HSI) and the Wildlife Society of Pakistan (WSP), WSPA was able to provide packs of medicines and veterinary support to animals in need.

WSPA is involved with a longer-term recovery program to construct more than 30 earthquake-proof, semi-permanent veterinary clinics and two equine hospitals that will enable the treatment of animals to continue.

Read more about WSPA’s disaster relief work >>

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