As the water subsides and the true extent of the damage is revealed, World Animal Protection vet, Juan Carlos Murillo’s has been called upon by the Veterinary Chamber of Serbia (VCS) to support the response.
Over 80,000 hectares of land remain submerged in water and over 5 million animals are in need of emergency treatment.
Local farmer, Mr. Sladjan Milutinovic from Svilajnac in Central Serbia said:
“I will never forget the flood. In a matter of 30 minutes water had rose up to my waist and it remained stagnant for more than 24 hours.
My cattle did not perish because they are very strong and could stand in the flood without food or clean water but a different fate awaited 8 of my sheep who drowned after their wool got soaked and made them sink.
My biggest concern now is what will happen if a disease outbreak shows up. I have no money left to afford veterinary treatments as I spent all my resources replacing feeds for animals. My entire livelihood relies on my animals”
Juan Carlos Murillo will work with the Veterinarian Directorate of Serbia to vaccinate over 75,000 animals that have been left stranded in water.
Providing support where it's needed
We have also provided 22 veterinary kits to kick-start veterinarian practices severely affected by the floods. They will play a key role in treating animals and preventing the spread of disease.
We are currently in talks with local partner organisations in Bosnia and will keep you updated as we work alongside the people and animals in the Balkans over the coming weeks.
EC/ECHO/EEAS/EU Delegation BiH (Used under Creative Commons License)