Only weeks after the relief over the relatively low human and animal death toll from Cyclone Phailin, we are daily confronted by horrifying scenes and reports of utter destruction in the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Despite the early evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, the super typhoon – the strongest on record to hit land - has devastated communities across multiple provinces of the Philippines including Leyte, Samar and Eastern Visayas.
Shocking news reports of thousands dead and many more thousands forced to live in evacuation shelters while food and water supplies are perilously low paint a picture of a country facing an unprecedented crisis.
Our staff are on the ground and working with local governments and international aid agencies to meet the needs of animal owners and their animals and give help where it is needed most.
Our Bangkok-based response team will join them tomorrow to conduct rapid assessment of the needs. Animals could need anything from emergency food, water, shelter and veterinary care. How this has affected local animals remains unknown as the response to date has focused on the people caught up in this disaster, many of which are in areas still inaccessible. Based on the human toll, the devastation to cities and rural areas, we know the animals will desperately need our help.
We’ll be on the ground and reporting back in the coming days on efforts for the animals and people of the Philippines.
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