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Fleeing from the floods.

Fleeing from the floods.

 

By Kailash Chandra Maharana

The Maitri Club, Odisha, India

 

 

The power has been down here since the area was hit by cyclone Phailin and the floods that followed; this has meant that we’ve had no way to communicate.

 

Most recently, we rescued more than 1,000 animals from severe flooding in the Aska block of Ganjam District, where three villages were cut off for two days by floodwaters. They were in great danger, but thank God, we were able to save them.

 

(The Ganjam District of Orissa is on the border of Andhra Pradesh.)

 

Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters, and with the help of local farmers, we were able to give the animals shelter, a safe place for them to rest, and food.

 

We’ve continued our work of repairing shelters, and we’ve been educating the owners in the care and adequate feeding of their animals, sometimes returning to the same sites three and four times, as needed. Having repaired more than 1200 shelters so far, we’re happy to see the animals now resting in a dry place, with proper food to eat.

 

We wish we could cover the entire flooded area of Odisha, but we do as much as we possibly can, as much as time and our finances will allow.  We are pleased that we’ve been able to help so many animals.

 

To visit the website of the Maitri Club, click here.

 

 

As was reported previously, the Visakha Society for Protection and Care of Animals (VSPCA) has experienced severe damage from Cyclone Nilam which struck the East Coast of Andhra Pradesh a few days ago.

 

The main shelter, on the coast of the Bay of Bengal was the worst hit.  Thanks to the quick action of the staff, all the animals are safe, and those who needed to be evacuated were moved out of the way in time.  The canal that runs behind the shelter rose to a depth of nine feet, and water inside the shelter was knee-deep.

 

The buildings were damaged, as well as the fodder for the cows.  The cows now need extra vet care to ward off flood-caused diseases and damage to their feet caused by walking in the mud.

 

At the second shelter, the Kindness Farm, which is further inland, the flooding was not as bad, though some of the same problems have affected the animals.  The only animal missing is Charlie II, a rescued star tortoise.  It is believed that he has survived, since he’s a good swimmer, and it is hoped that he’ll be found soon. While searching for him through the water, one of the staff people got bit by a snake and had to be rushed to the hospital.  Snake bites are one of the hazards of flooding. He is fine and is recovering.

Photo: Courtesy of VSPCA

 If you’d like to help with the flood recovery efforts, please visit either of these sites:

 The VSPCA website

 Or the Help Animals India website (A donation to this site is USA tax-deductible. Please specify that it is for VSPCA.)