Flooding in Nicaragua and India – thousands of animals need our help!
Flooding in Nicaragua
Early in July, Nicaragua experienced some heavy rainfall that has caused flooding in areas of Nicaragua. One of the worst affected regions was the Municipality Prinzapolka, in the Northern Autonomous Atlantic Region. Damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure has been reported. Damage assessments made by the mayor of Prinzapolka confirm that about 9,768 people were affected by floods.
The heavy rainfall in Nicaragua is said to have been caused by tropical waves. Tropical waves are considered by the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET) as one of the main phenomena that cause rainfall in the country.
The WSPA response
The WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) has committed to responding swiftly to send out a team to Prinzapolka to treat over 11,000 animals in 15 communities affected by the heavy flooding caused by a series of tropical storms. The WSPA disaster relief team will be working in the rural communities along the Prinzapolka River and providing emergency treatment to the animals. These animals have no access to veterinary care and are at risk of infections, parasites, digestive problems, and diseases. These rural communities in Nicaragua are vulnerable and depend on these animals for survival.
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WSPA in India
WSPA has also been working in communities in India, when in June this year, severe flooding and landslides hit Northern India. The flooding in India has been the worst natural disaster they have seen since the 2004 tsunami. WSPA are working with the Pithoragarh District Veterinary Office and the Association for People Advancement and Action Research, who have helped WSPA respond to two of the worst hit areas of Northern India – Dharchula and Musyari Block. They hope that with the help given, they can directly improve the welfare of more than 92,000 animals and up to 10,000 households.
How can we help?
WSPA are appealing for any donations to support their cause in Nicaragua. The treatment of injured animals in Nicaragua involves veterinary treatment, provision of basic veterinary kits, and disaster preparedness training, all of which costs $28,800, so our support is more urgent than ever.
Our donations will also help the animals in India, and any animals in future disasters, by allowing WSPA to act quickly to bring immediate relief to animals in need.