The farmers had no chance to save their animals. The fury of the storm ripped poultry farms to shreds, scattering birds and levelling their hatches.
Poultry farmers have sifted through the debris to find live chickens they can relocate after their cropswere raised to the ground in northern Cebu, Philippines. © WSPA/C. Baldicantos
Cattle, goats and water buffalos wander the roads, their owners have no food to eat themselves so they cannot provide for their animals. They forage among downed trees and debris, getting skinnier each day.
A cow forages beside a highway in Cebu Province. November 13, 2013
Pets, separated from their owners, or “community dogs” that belonged to no one before the disaster and lived a difficult life making do on scraps or the generosity of people, are left to fend for themselves. There just isn’t enough food for the people, let alone the animals.
Dr. Naritsorn Pholperm stops to comfort a sick puppy, alone in Bantayan.
People line up for food donations, if they come. Water stations are set up and immediately emptied. The need is so great.
As Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is known locally, left thousands of people without homes or food, it has done the same for animals. We say disasters don’t discriminate; affecting humans and animals alike.
I’ve never seen anything like this. The one thing I try to remind myself of everyday is that we at WSPA, alongside the United Nations, The Red Cross, Oxfam, World Vision, other INGOs, the Philippines government and the seemingly unstoppable, unbreakable will of the Filipino people are here to help and keep moving toward a better day.