World Animal Protection assists flood-hit Kerala in animal recovery

World Animal Protection, an international non-profit animal welfare organisation, has joined hands with the Kerala government for recovery and rehabilitation of animals affected by the recent floods in the state.

The outfit is partnering with the state Department of Animal Husbandry and the Red Cross Society's Kerala chapter in the effort, a release said.

It said according to figures provided by the department, as many as 46,016 livestock and 2,500,000 poultry succumbed to the floods and continuous heavy rains, which had lashed the state last month.

The impact of the devastating floods on animals cannot be overstated, World Animal Protection (WAP), India Country Director, Gajender K. Sharma, said.

"In some areas, virtually all animals were killed or suffered in the days following the deluge. We are in Kerala to provide relief to as many animals as possible and to see how this tragedy can be prevented from recurring in the future," he said.

"Together with the Department of Animal Husbandry and the Indian Red Cross Society we are ensuring that animal welfare needs are met concurrent with the humanitarian effort," the official said.

The disaster response teams of the outfit are working at 12 locations in the districts of Alappuzha, Pathnamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thrissur.

(Agencies)