100,000 dead, 70,000 missing and 1,000,000+ homeless.

May 7th, 2008 11:58 pm by Kelly Garbato

Those are the latest estimates from Myanmar, according to international NGOs. These numbers dwarf official Myanmar government figures.

If you’d like to help, CNN has a list of resources to get your started.

Not surprisingly, CNN’s link roundup focuses on human relief organizations.* As we learned through Hurricane Katrina, however, animals are hard hit by natural disasters as well. I haven’t yet received any email notifications from international animal welfare organization regarding specific disaster relief efforts they hope to undertake in Myanmar.

But according to the WSPA’s website,

A veterinary team from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is on stand-by in Thailand awaiting entry authority to cyclone struck Myanmar to assess and then relieve the suffering of thousands of animals that human survivors depend on for food and their livelihoods.

WSPA is receiving daily updates from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) while preparing its rapid assessment and response team.

Philip Russell MBE, WSPA’s Director of Disaster Management, said: “No one else, Governments, humanitarian NGOs or owners have the resources to care for these animals, most of which are owned by poor impoverished families. If those that survived die, so too will the livelihoods of thousands of people.” […]

WSPA, supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will assess and respond to the needs of animals.

If you’d like to make a donation to help in these relief efforts, here are links to each of the three organizations’ disaster relief funds: WSPA, IFAW and the HSUS.

I tried searching for animal welfare/rescue groups based in Myanmar, but came up linkless. If anyone out there knows of a local group in need of aid, please let us know in the comments!

As always, if I come across any additional info, I will post it on the Disaster Relief section of the website.

* And the stats, too, completely omit any mention of non-human animals. Because property can’t be dead, missing or homeless, yo!

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