Helping animals after twin typhoons strike in northern Philippines
Our disaster response team is on its way to the Philippines, after two typhoons hit last week.
Luzon, the island where the typhoons struck, has a high livestock population with cattle and water buffalo being the most common species. Many households also keep ducks, chickens, and goats as well as pets such as cats and dogs.
We will work with a team of our volunteer vets, to treat animals in need of urgent help.
Assessing the impact on animals
Following an intense hurricane like Haima, which stuck with a Category 4 intensity, we anticipate animals to have been injured as a result of flying debris and collapsed structures. Vets on the ground are likely to treat respiratory and eye disease, as well as foot rot and illness as a result of drinking unclean water.
May Christine Espiritu, one of the vets, told us: "Badly flooded areas were reported where a lot of animals are being raised and used in farming. We have been worried about the situation in Ilocos Norte and are praying for the people and animals’ safety."
Protecting animals in a disaster-prone country
Sadly, the Philippines is hit by multiple natural disasters each year. Our previous work in the same area showed that animals are left exposed in the immediate days and weeks to standing water and elements, making them highly vulnerable to disease and prolonged stress.
When disasters strike, the impact is devastating for animals and the communities that depend on them. Millions of people in this area will be dependent on animals for food, to earn and living, as companions and to stay safe.
May Christine Espiritu and our Asia Pacific disaster team talk about one of our previous interventions
The intense winds generated from Haima caused heavy damage to lightly constructed buildings and coastal areas experienced up to 3-metre-high storm surges creating significant inland damages.
Ensuring animals get the care they need
We’ll arrive ready to make a quick assessment and help animals most in need.
Keep an eye out for further updates as we work to protect badly affected animals.
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