Brooke India Uttarakhand Flood Relief Update
The early phase of search and rescue operations is now over. The arrival of monsoon in the state poses serious challenges to the ongoing relief operations. The UN report states that more than 9000 animals have been washed away. It is estimated that, more than 10,000 equines were present at Kedarnath, Govindghat and Gaurikund on 16th June, 2013, where equines as well as humans were badly affected. However it is difficult to ascertain the exact number of equines that died or were washed away during the deluge.
Brooke India Flood Response
Brooke India team got in touch with Uttarakhand state Animal Husbandry Department, Remount and Veterinary Corps of Indian Army and other likeminded welfare agencies like Donkey Sanctuary, WSPA and Sphere India. Brooke India immediately handed over 1000 bags (of 5 kgs) balanced equine feed to Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Uttarakhand at Dehradun to be further distributed to stranded animals at Govindghat, Ghagaria, Guptakashi and Kedarnath valley and sourced 10 tons crushed oats and 10 tons hay from Indian Army for the needy equines.
Simultaneously 600 equine who survived the disaster came back to their homes in Bijnor district, Uttar Pradesh were treated by the BI team in coordination with Animal Husbandry Department district staff of Bijnor district and team of Vets of Donkey Sanctuary India. In addition to this, 500 bags (of 5kgs) of balanced equine feed were also distributed for very weak and debilitated equines.
Brooke India team visits flood affected districts
To assess the ground situation and provide Veterinary aid to needy equines, Brooke India relief teams visited Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi and Tehri Garhwal from 13-21st July 2013.
The major cases handled by the team were Wounds, Tick Infection, Colic and respiratory. Immediate veterinary treatment was provided to needy and injured equines. The cases were recorded for severe saddle wounds, starvation, eye, hoof, dental affections,tick infestation & worm load.
The state government has promised to pay compensation of rupees 2000 to each equine owner and those who have lost their animal will get 10, 000 rupees
One Veterinary hospital at Chandrapuri, block Augustmuni has been washed away while two veterinary dispensaries have been badly damaged (Rudraprayag district)
According to state government the Chardham yatra will not take place for next two years, as a result livelihoods of thousands of equine owners who were engaged in the transportation of pilgrims and goods has been severely affected. So short term rehabilitation plan for these equine owning communities should be considered on priority.