Rapid Response Myanmar
Update, 2015-08-21 - FOUR PAWS rapid response team helped almost 1,700 animals in last two days
Many areas in Myanmar are still flooded following the recent torrential rain. Animals, in particular cows and pigs, have been affected by the severe damage caused by Cyclone “Komen”, which hit Myanmar at the end of July and continued through early August. The FOUR PAWS rapid response team, led by Dr. Amir Khalil, in collaboration with our local partners Mingalar Myanmar, has so far provided almost 1,700 animals with food and fresh water, as well as providing veterinary treatment to injured animals. Many villages are still cut off from the outside world and can only be reached by boat. FOUR PAWS has organised three boats to help our team carry tons of food and medicine into these areas that remain isolated by the floods.
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Update, 2015-08-19 - FOUR PAWS rapid response team on site in Myanmar to help animals in need
FOUR PAWS operation in Myanmar: Rapid response for thousands of farm animals
The devastating cyclone ‘Komen’ has affected large parts of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Torrential rain in early August cost over a hundred people their lives, and countless houses, bridges, roads and rice paddies were destroyed. The United Nations estimates that 1.3 million people have been affected by this natural disaster.
Thousands of animals are caught up in the crisis
Thousands of animals, and in particular farm animals, such as cows and pigs, urgently need drinking water, food, and temporary shelter. This week, after assessing the situation in the disaster zone, FOUR PAWS has sent a rapid response team to the Irrawaddy Delta in the south-west of the country – one of the worst-affected areas. To reach the people and their animals efficiently and quickly, the international animal welfare organisation is cooperating on the ground with humanitarian bodies such as the Mingalar Myanmar development agency.
FOUR PAWS is the first animal welfare organisation active in the area
We are operating in close cooperation with national and local authorities such as the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development and the National Disaster Management Working Committee. In consultation with the authorities, it was decided that our team would focus its work in the Irrawaddy Delta, because a particularly large number of farm animals have no access to food in this part of the country.
With local support, Dr Khalil has already organised the supply of around 50 tonnes of food. As the infrastructure has in many places collapsed, the FOUR PAWS team has also bought two boats to get the food to the hungry animals. It is still raining heavily, so tents have also been set up as temporary food stores. Yesterday, around 600 cows and pigs in a village in Nyaungdone were supplied with food.