Moses Masiye
Feb 09, 2015

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) on monday February 9th, embarks on a relief effort aimed at saving thousands farm and companion animals stranded by extreme flooding in the country.

According to a Press statement released on Sunday signed by IFAW
Communications Manager Christina Pretorius, the exercise will start with the lower shire where reports indicate more than 91 thousand animals have reportedly died and many others affected.

IFAW Disaster Response Team intends to provide emergency veterinary care to include vaccinating 10,000 of surviving animals; as well as providing feed for animals suffering from lack of food availability.

According to the Press Statement, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) intends to save thousands of farm and companion animals stranded by extreme flooding in cyclone ravaged Malawi.

The task begins in the worst hit region of Lower Shire this Monday, 9th February 2015.

An IFAW led Disaster Response Team of international and local vets and para vets, will be in Nsanje District on Monday where urgent action is needed to save farm animals that survived the devastating flooding.

IFAW says the relief effort is a response to a request by Malawian authorities which asked for urgent action to help save surviving animals.

Nsanje District officials said an initial assessment found that 91 thousand animals including 5 thousand cattle and 38 thousand goats and sheep died in the floods.

Up to 300 thousand people have been displaced by the flooding countrywide, most of them subsistence farmers who have lost homes, crops and backyard farm animals.

Apart from providing emergency veterinary care and feed for animals suffering from lack of food availability, the animal experts will also conduct rabies vaccination for dogs at evacuation centres.

International fund for animal welfare -IFAW has been active in Malawi since 2011, through its Liwonde National Park Conservation Programme, in which it partners with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.

In 2013 IFAW support helped build the Chikolongo Community Fish Farm which provides a livelihood opportunity for local people and secure access to safe drinking water.

In just over five years, IFAW has rescued and treated domestic and wild animals in more than 30 of the world’s worst disasters, including flood response work in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, in India after Cyclone Phailin and in the deadly aftermath of monsoons in Pakistan.

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