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Rapid Response mission Myanmar floods

Update 19 September 2015: FOUR PAWS team took care of nearly 20,000 animals 


After our first rapid response mission in August, our FOUR PAWS team was back in Myanmar to take care of animals that are still affected by the severe flooding. The long-lasting and intense rainfall in July and August has devastated up to 700,000 acres of farmland. Many roads and bridges are completely destroyed; villages are still cut off from the outside world. FOUR PAWS was the only foreign animal welfare organisation on site. Together with our partner, the local NGO Mingalar Myanmar, we provided help for tens of thousands of farm animals, mainly cows, pigs and goats, which constitute the livelihood of many people here in Myanmar. The numbers are impressive and we are very proud of our team on site: overall, more than 21,600 animals could be supplied with more than 103 tonnes of food in the last three weeks. This corresponds to 4,000 bags of food, which were distributed to 6,300 farmers in 236 villages in Myanmar, who could finally feed their animals again after days of suffering. 


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Update 26 August 2015: Over 6,700 animals helped to date

FOUR PAWS' Rapid Response Team is still in Myanmar to help animals affected by the floods. Dr. Amir Khalil, team leader and veterinarian, is providing local farmers with urgently needed food for their farm animals. To date over 6,700 animals have been provided with food and 150 animals have received veterinary treatment. Our team will stay in Myanmar for the rest of the week and will try to help as many animals and people as possible.

FOUR PAWS is in Myanmar to help animals in need.

Update 21 August 2015: FOUR PAWS Rapid Response Team has helped almost 1,700 animals in last two days 

Many areas in Myanmar are still flooded with animals continuing to be stranded without food, water or veterinary care. In the past few days, the FOUR PAWS Rapid Response Team under Dr. Amir Khalil - in collaboration with our local partner Mingalar Myanmar - has provided almost 1,700 animals with food and fresh water. Injured or sick animals were provided with veterinary treatment. Still, many villages are cut off from the outside world and can only be reached by boat. Therefore, FOUR PAWS has organised three boats that enable our team to distribute tons of food and medicine in isolated areas that are still flooded.

Update - 2015-08-19 - FOUR PAWS Rapid Response Team is on site in Myanmar to help animals in need

Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in South East Asia.

FOUR PAWS operation in Myanmar: Rapid response help for thousands of farm animals

The devastating cyclone ‘Komen’ has wreaked havoc in large areas of Myanmar. Torrential rain in early August cost over a hundred people their lives, and countless houses, bridges, roads and rice paddies were destroyed. The United Nations estimates that 1.3 million people have been affected by this natural disaster.

FOUR PAWS' vet Dr Khalil has already organised the supply of around 50 tonnes of food.

Thousands of animals are caught up in the crisis

Especially farm animals such as cows and pigs urgently need drinking water, food, and temporary shelter. This week, after assessing the situation in the disaster zone, FOUR PAWS has sent a rapid response team to the Irrawaddy Delta in the south-west of the country – one of the worst-affected areas. To reach the people and their animals efficiently and quickly, the international animal welfare organisation is cooperating on the ground with humanitarian bodies such as the Mingalar Myanmar development agency.

As far as possible we will also provide medical care for the animals.

FOUR PAWS is the first animal welfare organisation active in the area

We are operating in close cooperation with national and local authorities such as the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development and the National Disaster Management Working Committee. In consultation with the authorities, it was decided that our team will get active in the Irrawaddy Delta because in this area a particularly large number of farm animals have no access to food.


With local support, Dr Khalil has already organised the supply of around 50 tonnes of food. As the infrastructure has in many places collapsed, the FOUR PAWS team has also bought two boats to get the food to the hungry animals. As it is still raining heavily, tents have been set up for temporary food storage. Yesterday, around 600 cows and pigs in a village in Nyaungdone were supplied with food. 

The relief operation will last around two weeks.