The Western part of Viti Levu Island in Fiji has been affected by heavy rainfall causing landslides and flooding.
Although the Fijian Government’s early warning systems helped reduce casualties to human and animal populations, the country suffered great losses to livestock, primarily cattle and goats.
WSPA carried out a needs assessment with Fiji’s Animal Health and Production Division. While in the field, the team witnessed the devastation left by the flood waters, which included widespread damage to crops and pastures. Over the coming weeks, WSPA will be providing emergency feed and veterinary supplies, targeting around 4,000 livestock animals. We are creating maps of livestock at risk to help support emergency planning and reduce risks to animals in the future.
Meanwhile our disaster response team from Costa Rica has deployed to Chihuahua, Mexico to assess the animal welfare need as the northern region of the country is currently experiencing its worst drought in the last 71 years, causing the death of more than a million cattle so far. Look out for our updates on Fiji and Mexico over the next few weeks.