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Emergency relief for animals in East India

Jul 20, 2006

Over 20,000 animals were left in need of emergency aid after flash floods devastated more than 70 villages in the Eastern Indian state of Orissa.  Animals including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and dogs required emergency food and veterinary treatment. 

WSPA Member Society the Visakha Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (VSPCA) has provided veterinary care and fodder to animals through teams of vets, field officers and local government veterinary surgeons. Local villagers have also been engaged to work with the teams.

“The speed of the response has ensured that vital emergency relief aid has already been delivered to 3000 cattle, 2000 sheep and more than 100 dogs,” said WSPA Disaster Relief Veterinary Technical Advisor Tonja Stokes.

VSPCA will continue to provide aid and relief to animals in the affected areas.

“Without VSPCA, the local government and communities working together,” Stokes said, “thousands more animals will suffer without access to food, water and medical treatment, also directly affecting the people who rely on them.”

Disaster consequences

The flash floods in Orissa followed unexpected heavy monsoonal rains that occurred throughout June. In many areas floods were also accompanied by landslides.

Humanitarian organizations report that more than 41,000 people have been directly affected by the disaster and over 80 people have died.

At least 5,500 people have been evacuated, and estimates of impact include 3,700 houses destroyed and 1,730 hectares of crop, predominantly rice paddies, damaged.

Although waters are now receding, accessibility to certain areas is still impeded by waterlogged roads.


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