WSPA’s disaster assessment and response (DART) team entered Myanmar on Monday 26 May 2008 to work with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
They are working to distribute food, prevent the spread of disease and alleviate suffering among the surviving animals, which are vital to the recovery and food security of the communities affected by Cyclone Nargis.
DART team leader Dr Ian Dacre has been able to give brief interviews from Myanmar describing his experiences and what he has seen. He will continue to speak to us as he is able.
29 May 2008: First impressions of the disaster's effects and conditions in Yangon (3.46 minutes)
30 May 2008: More about working conditions and WSPA's immediate relief plans (3 minutes)
2 June 2008: The team reach the Irrawaddy Delta, the worst hit region in the country, and start delivering aid to the animals of devestated villages (10.28 minutes)
4 June 2008: The extent of the animal losses in the Delta and the hope the team’s work has brought local people (1.41 minutes)
Dr Ashish Sutar of the DART team describes local bravery and the immediate animal welfare priorities of the team (3.20 minutes)
Dr Tim Myers of the DART team on the bond between people and animals in rural areas, the condition of the animals and potential future hazards to their health (3.39 minutes)