Sep 30, 2008
Despite the cyclone season nearing its end, WSPA’s disaster assessment and response teams (DARTs) remain busy across Asia and the Caribbean.
WSPA brings desperately needed veterinary resources and expertise to disaster-hit communities, protecting the health of working and domestic animals and working alongside humanitarian organizations wherever possible.
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A US$30,000, ten-day relief program is now underway. Two mobile teams – including vets from the Bombay SPCA, The Brooke (India), and Bihar Veterinary College – are delivering emergency feed and vaccinations to the region’s livestock, horses, and dogs.
After an emergency post-cyclone intervention earlier this year, WSPA is back in Myanmar to lay the foundations for comprehensive risk reduction work.
One of our expert vets is currently in-country advising the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department about ways to minimize the effects of future disasters on animals and communities.
This is phase one of an ongoing commitment to assist with risk reduction and protect Myanmar’s animals.
Nepal’s Koshi River flooded in September, devastating fertile land and threatening food security across the country.
WSPA has provided local member society the Society for Animal Welfare and Management (SAWM) with nearly US$9,000 worth of feed and medical treatments for the region’s vital working animals.
An experienced vet from WSPA’s Asia office is currently in Nepal assisting and monitoring the intervention, and reports that 4,900 livestock have been fed and treated so far, saving local livelihoods.
The severe flooding across large areas of Thailand will undoubtedly have an impact on animal welfare and, by extension, food security.
WSPA is in contact with local member societies and other groups to assess the animal welfare need and develop a response.
A WSPA DART has already been on the ground in Grand Turk, one of the islands savaged by Hurricane Ike.
We found a government holding for donkeys and horses was badly damaged in the storm, leaving the animals roaming the island. WSPA is now working with local authorities to determine to best course of action.