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A powerful earthquake centered in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Pakistan on Saturday October 8, 2005 morning sent tremors across South Asia, flattening villages in remote northern Pakistan, killing hundreds across both sides of disputed Kashmir and shaking houses and high-rises throughout the region.

Pakistan’s worst ever Earth quake wiped out entire villages, buried roads in the rubble and knocked out electricity and water supplies. The death toll stood at 20,000 and was expected to rise. Many of the animals along with the humans have been died of this earthquake.

In northern areas and in Kashmir nearly 1300 rescue teams performed their relief activities in the affected region for humans, not a single team or organization was working for the rescue of animals. In view of this BRC decided to work for the animal salvage.
These animals will be the way of earning their livelihood in the future for them. BRC Pakistan decided to send five teams in different regions of earthquake affected areas. Each team comprised of four members, A Team Manager, A qualified Veterinary Doctor, two helpers and a driver. Each team accompanied a sufficient amount of medicines, dressings and vaccines for the treatment of animals. The visit of relief teams is of ten days.
Each team manager and team veterinary doctor signed an agreement in which all responsibilities had clearly been mentioned and were agreed upon by both sides. BRC Pakistan decided to send five teams in different regions of earthquake affected areas. Each team comprised of four members, A Team Manager, A qualified Veterinary Doctor, two helpers and a driver. Each team accompanied a sufficient amount of medicines, dressings and vaccines for the treatment of animals. The visit of relief teams is of ten days.
Each team manager and team veterinary doctor signed an agreement in which all responsibilities had clearly been mentioned and were agreed upon by both sides.

After the earth quake BRC arranged disaster relief teams with a qualified veterinary doctor for the animal’s help in disaster hit areas, Bala Kot, Bagh, Mansehra, Muzaffarabad, Rawala Kot, Shanghala and Bhatgharam.

The teams visited the areas and stayed there for a span of ten days from October 14, 2005 to October 24, 2005. During the stay they treated thousands of animals; the detailed profile of relief work is well illustrated through following table:



Serial No.
Teams
Districts visited
No. of treated Animals
1
Team A
Balakot, Mansehra
2853
2
Team B
Bagh
7400
3
Team C
Muzzafarabad
4562
4
Team D
Rawla Kot
1155
5
Team E
Shangla, Bhatgram
8521



Long Term Relief (Recovery) 

BRC also provided long term relief to the animals in earth-quake affected areas. Thepeople living in the disaster affected areas mainly depend upon animals for their endurance and continued existence. BRC believes that animals are equally important as are human beings. BRC developed a detailed and comprehensive plan for the animals in pain. It was recognized that since in many of the areas, inhabitants are dependent on animals for the survival in winter, destruction of livestock shelters and veterinary facilities may worsen the crisis An architect (Mr. Samuel Price, UK) visited Pakistan during late November to develop and improve the design of disaster shelters;. Small, lightweight frame structures designed for easy transportation, fabrication, modification and replication were finally designed as appearing:

A motivated foreign consultant Ms. Sprayson visited Pakistan from December 1, 2005 to December 22, 2005 to look after the execution of the recovery plan. During her stay, she held meetings with the Director live stock, Islamabad, Director, Earth-quake relief, Ministry of Environment, Director live stock of NWFP and AJK, etc.. As an out come of these meetings following projects were approved for the welfare of the affected animals:

A)      Establishment of Veterinary Clinics

B)      Establishment of Mule /Donkey In patient hospital Facility

C)      Provision of Veterinary Medicine



A. Establishment of Veterinary Clinics 

A total of 32 prefabricated buildings were provided at different locations to provide the temporary accommodation of a veterinary dispensary and for personnel's attached to the dispensary.
The setting of these buildings was left entirely to the Directors, Livestock discretion of respective provisionally distribution of the dispensary is as under:

NWFP:

  • Mansehra district – 7 clinics

  • Abbottabad district – 4 clinics

  • Battagram district – 3 clinics

  • Shangla district – 2 clinics 

 AJK:

  • Muzzafarabad region – 10 clinics

  • Rawalakot region – 2 clinics

  • Bagh region– 4 clinics 

B. Establishment of Mule Donkey-In patient hospital Facility

At the request of the Director of Livestock, NWFP, BRC provided two buildings to be used for the purpose of in patient care of working equines used on the donkey/mule trains to areas inaccessible to vehicles. Each building will be constructed to the size of 40 feet x 22 feet and capable of housing between 4 – 6 animals (Annex D) whilst they recover from any injuries or wounds they may receive when working on the trains.



C. Provision of Veterinary Medicine

With the consultant of the veterinary experts a package of standard veterinary equipment/ medicine was proposed. A total of 68 such packs were distributed in the regions at the discretion of the research Directors of Livestock.

 
 

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