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Rapid Response Myanmar

2015-08-20

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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.


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 MyanmarOur team will stay in Myanmar for the rest of the week and will try to help as many animals and people, as possible. 


FOUR PAWS is in Myanmar to help animals in need.
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Update, 2015-08-21 - FOUR PAWS rapid response team helped almost 1,700 animals in last two days 

After torrential rain many areas in Myanmar are still flooded. Animals – especially cows and pigs – are affected by the severe damage that Cyclone “Komen” caused beginning of August. Until today, the FOUR PAWS rapid response team under Dr. Amir Khalil in collaboration with our partner on site - Mingalar Myanmar- has provided almost 1,700 animals with food and fresh water; those animals that were hurt during the flood were provided with medical treatment. Still, many villages are cut off from the outside and can only be reached by boat. FOUR PAWS therefore has organized three boats that help our team carry tons of food and medicine in isolated areas still flooded. 


Our FOUR PAWS rapid response team is providing pigs and cows with food in Myanmar.
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Update, 2015-08-19 - FOUR PAWS rapid response team on site in Myanmar to help animals in need 


Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in South East Asia.
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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.


FOUR PAWS' vet Dr Khalil has already organised the supply of around 50 tonnes of food.
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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.

 


As far as possible we will also provide medical care for the animals.
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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. 


The relief operation will last around two weeks.
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