Rapid Response Myanmar
Update, 2015-09-19 - FOUR PAWS team took care of nearly 20.000 animals
After our first rapid response mission in August, our FOUR PAWS team was back in Myanmar to take care of animals that are still affected by the severe flooding. The long-lasting and intense rainfall in July and August has devastated up to 700,000 acres of farmland. Many roads and bridges are completely destroyed; villages are still cut off from the outside world. FOUR PAWS was the only foreign animal welfare organisation on site. Together with our partner, the local NGO Mingalar Myanmar, we provided help for tens of thousands of farm animals, mainly cows, pigs and goats, which constitute the livelihood of many people here in Myanmar. The numbers are impressive and we are very proud of our team on site: overall, more than 21,600 animals could be supplied with more than 103 tonnes of food in the last three weeks. This corresponds to 4,000 bags of food, which were distributed to 6,300 farmers in 236 villages in Myanmar, who could finally feed their animals again after days of suffering.
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Since hundreds of animals had to wait in a confined space for several weeks, they came into contact with contaminated water and had to be treated by FOUR PAWS veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil and a local vet. Many animals were suffering from inflammation, injuries and diarrhea due to the polluted water. With the support of the villagers and farmers, we could distribute vital vaccines and deworming tablets to those animals being kept in emergency accommodation. Especially in those still-flooded regions, the treatment of the animals was more than difficult: our vets had to take care of the animals in dark and confined stables, which were partly destroyed. There was no fresh water or electricity. Thanks to our experienced and well-trained FOUR PAWS team, we could handle these difficulties and succeeded in this mission.
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Animals were waiting up to 8 days without food
Although the mission was very exhausting, there were many beautiful moments we are remembering, whether it was the little dog, weakened by a severe diarrheal infection, which we could help to bounce back with medical treatment; or the goats, who arrived in the feed distribution centre and bolted down all the food left over. It was also nice to see that many calves which were severely underfed were pretty ravenous and couldn’t wait to finally eat something. The feedback from the population was also overwhelming – showing us how important our work is and how good it was that we showed up there and helped. Although many of them were exhausted and tired, they still supported us with the feed distribution and so on. Many farmers told us that their stalls are still flooded and their animals have had to endure them for days now. They go there every day with boats to feed their animals and check on them.
Meeting with Vice-President of Myanmar
We really appreciated the invitation of Vice-President U Nyan Tun and the relevant ministries in Myanmar, who thanked us for our tireless efforts. Because FOUR PAWS was the first animal welfare organization which was active in this area, a long-term partnership has been decided upon through which we will advise the country on animal welfare issues even after our disaster response. We were also very happy about the huge local media interest in the meeting between our FOUR PAWS president Heli Dungler and the Vice-President of Myanmar.
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Update, 2015-09-01 - FOUR PAWS provides care for over 13.000 farm animals
Until the end of the week about 100 tons in total will be provided for over 13.000 animals in various cities and villages. To reduce the risk of disease spreading many of them were also vaccinated and treated medically. Dr Amir Khalil, Lead of the FOUR PAWS rapid response team: “Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in South East Asia. With the loss of their animals, many people have also lost their livelihoods. Those who have been able to save their animals had no way of looking after them. By supporting them, we give them hope to recover after the disaster.”
FOUR PAWS is still in contact with the competent Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development to discuss other possibilities of the international animal welfare organisation to help the animals and therewith the people of Myanmar in this emergency situation.
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Update, 2015-08-25 - Over 6,700 animals were helped so far
Our FOUR PAWS rapid response team is still in Myanmar to help animals affected by the severe flood. Dr. Amir Khalil, team leader and veterinary, is providing local farmers with urgently needed food or ftheir farm animals - mainly cows and pigs. So far over 6,700 animals could have been provided with food. 150 animals were treated medically by team leader and FOUR PAWS veterinary Amir Khalil, in collaboration with our local partner NGO Mingalar Myanmar. Our team will stay in Myanmar for the rest of the week and will try to help as many animals and people, as possible.
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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 - together with our partner 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 are 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 laid waste large areas of Myanmar. 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
Especially 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 among the first animal welfare organisations 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 will get active in the Irrawaddy Delta because in this area a particularly large number of farm animals have no access to food.
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.