Flood-stricken animals in Pakistan need your immediate help
I click on the photos sent to me each day and all I see are water-logged fields stretching out to a distance and hungry eyes staring back at the camera, all too familiar scenes of a monsoon-stricken Pakistan.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) Disaster Response partner in Pakistan, RAVI Foundation, has just sent a new report from the flooded countryside. Their latest assessment trip covered the Punjab Province, in particular the Narrowal District and Sialkot District.
The following plea comes straight from the responders on the ground:
“Within the Sialkot District, there are a total of 74 villages impacted by this disaster. The population affected in the Narrowal District is 62,000 out of their 1.2 million residents. Farm land is devastated by the formidable flood waters that remain stagnate at 3-5 feet over thousands of acres of rice, bajra and chree. The latter two crops are solely used to feed animals.
The crops are destroyed and the fields cannot be cleared and planted for at least three months. In these two districts alone, 85,000 animals are in crisis and 541 animals have already died as a result of this disaster.”
The incessant rains in Pakistan have already killed a reported 84 people across the country last week and more rain is expected in the coming days.
Rana Muhammad Ashraf, a resident of the village of Khawa and owner of eight farm animals said,
“All my land is now under water, whole corps are damaged, and I will not be able to farm until November or December. It is so difficult for me to feed my animals. They are getting weaker day by day and their milk is decreasing. Two have died because of foot and mouth disease. We have seen no one from the Government. We need food for our animals.”
Our response partner has proposed a plan to feed and provide basic emergency medical camps for 1,000 animals and we need to raise $20,000. This will sustain some of the most-impacted animals for one month.
Pakistan has suffered monsoon floods for the last three years. In 2010, the country's worst floods in history killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million. IFAW supported emergency relief efforts that brought relief to 22,945 animals including goats, sheep, cattle, water buffalo, horses and donkeys.
The aid was in the form of food, medicine, recycled water and food troughs, and girders to build animal shelters. Animals included goats, sheep, cattle, water buffalo, horses and donkeys. IFAW has supported animal disaster relief efforts in Pakistan every year since then.