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Animal rescue group returns to Myanmar as harmful flooding in the region continues


FOUR PAWS has fed 10,000 animals, saved from starvation in the aftermath of disaster

 

YANGON - AUGUST 24, 2016 - The annual monsoon season has flooded several regions in Myanmar, including vast tracks of farmland, and disrupted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. More than 50,000 animals are caught up in the crisis and a FOUR PAWS Disaster Relief team was active in the regions of Magway, Bago, Mandalay and Ayeyarwaddy last week to provide thousands of farm animals, particularly cows, with food.

 

To reach the affected people and their animals efficiently and effectively, the international animal welfare organization is cooperating with a local partner organization, the Mingalar Myanmar Development Agency. FOUR PAWS funded and distributed 50 tons of animal feed, which helped to provide for around 10,000 animals in total. Some of the animals were also given medical treatment.

 

Jackson Zee, FOUR PAWS Director of Disaster Relief, organized the food distribution and supported logistics on site. Dr. Zee explained, “Myanmar is in great need of assistance with animals during this flood, as humanitarian aid already exists but little is done for the animals. One of the main challenges is to get the food where it is actually needed. Especially, remote areas with little infrastructure are desperately in need of help. Many people there are very dependent on their animals as part of their livelihood.”

 

In areas that are still flooded, the FOUR PAWS team–consisting of veterinarians and logistics personnel, as well as many local supporters, needed to rely on small boats to get the food to the hungry animals. Mr. Zee continued, “When cattle live in flood plains, they cannot rest or sleep in the water, their food spoils from the unsanitary flood water, and they have to be relocated to higher ground by their owners. In some townships, the roads are impassable due to flood waters and the only way to get to our distribution site is by boat.”

 

FOUR PAWS already conducted a rapid response mission to Myanmar last year to combat the effects of a devastating cyclone, which had laid waste to large areas of Myanmar, and took care of nearly 20,000 animals. Video link from FOUR PAWS mission to Myanmar in 2015: 


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