Myanmar relief effort: audio diary from the field

Dr Ian Dacre in Costa Rica

WSPA’s disaster assessment and response (DART) team entered Myanmar on May 26, 2008 to work with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

They are working to distribute food, prevent the spread of disease and alleviate suffering among the surviving animals, which are vital to the recovery and food security of the communities affected by Cyclone Nargis. 
DART team leader Dr Ian Dacre has been able to give brief interviews from Myanmar describing his experiences.

May 29, 2008: First impressions of the disaster's effects and conditions in Yangon (3.46 minutes)

May 30, 2008: More about working conditions and WSPA's immediate relief plans (3 minutes)

June 2, 2008:
The team reaches the Irrawaddy Delta, the worst hit region in the country, and start delivering aid to the animals of devastated villages (10.28 minutes)

June 4, 2008: The extent of the animal losses in the Delta and the hope the team’s work has brought local people (1.41 minutes)

Dr. Ashish Sutar of the DART team describes local bravery and the immediate animal welfare priorities of the team (3.20 minutes)

Dr. Tim Myers of the DART team on the bond between people and animals in rural areas, the condition of the animals and potential future hazards to their health (3.39 minutes)

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