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Aid to provinces in flood stricken India

Aug 11, 2006

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is funding teams of vets to bring emergency relief to livestock in the flood stricken provinces of West India.

WSPA is supporting its Member Society the Animal Help Foundation (AHF), which is being assisted by Animal Help in Emergency and Disaster (Team AHEAD), by providing financial support that will enable two teams of vets to treat some 20,000 animals over the next 20 days.

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."

She added, "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."

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 supply and roads are badly affected, many villages are marooned and thousands of acres of agricultural land is waterlogged. Affected areas are agriculture intensive and dependent upon cattle for their livelihood.

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