Further heavy flooding on Colombia’s northern coast means that WSPA will be working over the Christmas season to help local animals, whilst planned work in Myanmar following Cyclone Giri is also now underway.
As yet, there has been no let up in Colombia’s worst flooding in certain regions in 60 years, with humanitarian agencies calling for an increased international response. WSPA is back on the ground planning for the third recent relief effort in the country, and is currently assessing further need in the Valle, Atlántico and Cundinamarca areas.
Previous relief and rescue work has already concentrated on these areas, which have received further torrential rain, resulting in a loss of pasture, food and shelter for local animals, especially livestock.
Together with our local member organisations, S.P.A. Barranquilla and Defenzoores, WSPA will be attending an estimated 1,400 animals in this particular operation, with the provision of medical care, food and shelter, which will be essential until local people can return to their homes, or be relocated with their animals.
Across the other side of the world in Myanmar, Asia, the country is still feeling the devastating impact of October’s Cyclone Giri. Staff from WSPA’s offices in Thailand and India, together with local veterinary volunteers, are on the ground in Myebon, in one of the most affected areas, beginning the mass vaccination of approximately 10,000 livestock against foot-and-mouth disease.
The team is taking no chances with Myanmar’s notorious power shortages and have taken a fridge and power generator to prevent the vaccinations’ degradation. The team plans to return to inoculate a further 15,000 animals in January, with vaccine donated by the World Organisation for Animal Health.