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WSPA helps relief effort in West India

Aug 16, 2006

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WSPA is supporting its member society the Animal Help Foundation (AHF) to bring emergency relief to livestock in the flood stricken provinces of West India.

WSPA has stepped in to help AHF by providing financial support that will enable two teams of vets to treat around 20,000 animals over 20 days.

WSPA working with its member societies in emergencies like this can relieve the suffering of thousands of animals, whose survival is also crucial to local communities ability to recover from such catastrophic events.

 

WSPA intervention

Tonya Stokes, WSPA‘s Disaster Relief Veterinary Technical Advisor, said:
"Each team of 12 vets hope to reach around 500 animals a day. They will be treating sick and injured animals, giving vaccinations and providing medicines, working at all times with government vets on the ground. Food, water and temporary shelter will also be arranged.’’

AHF is also receiving support from Animal Help in Emergency and Disaster (Team AHEAD).

Effect on local communities

Humanitarian organizations report that over 500 people have been killed nationally as a result of this year‘s flooding and more than two million people have been evacuated from low lying areas.

Power supplies and roads are badly affected, many villages are marooned and thousands of acres of agricultural land are waterlogged.

Affected areas are agriculture intensive and depend upon cattle for their livelihood.

The floods followed widespread heavy monsoonal rains during the annual June-September monsoon season.


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