South India has experienced unprecedented floods in recent weeks, killing over 300 people, displacing over 1.8 million, and causing an estimated $3 billion worth of damage to property. In the process, countless animal victims have been affected too, losing their lives, health, habitats or human guardians to the wreckage. The floods have been attributed to a combination of human-created climate change and the El Niňo weather pattern.
The city of Chennai has been particularly hard hit, with rescue and evacuation efforts still underway. However, the good news is that rescuers from Humane Society International (HSI) – who have previously stepped up to assist animals affected by the Nepal earthquake – are on the ground, ready and willing to help the most vulnerable victims of this disaster, animals.
In a recent update to their Facebook page, HSI shared information and photographs detailing their amazing rescue efforts.
The organization said: “In response to the floods in Chennai, India, HSI deployed a rescue team of veterinarians equipped with inflatable boats, rope, life jackets and veterinary medical supplies. Working with Blue Cross of India, we’ve so far rescued 119 animals and treated 57. We’re also using the rafts to bring food, supplies and aid to local residents in need.”
There is no doubt that their work is improving traumatized animals’ chances of surviving the disaster.
HSI’s Facebook followers have been quick to praise the rescue team’s endeavors, with one supporter commenting, “I’m sure hundreds would be dead if you and your team weren’t there.”
Doesn’t it just lift your heart to see these dedicated people attempting to make a difference?
With the seemingly unstoppable phenomenon of climate change making itself felt throughout the world, extreme weather events such as floods are likely to become more and more commonplace in the years to come. However, it is wonderful to know that compassionate people will always be on hand to rescue both the human and animal victims.
All image source: Humane Society International/Facebook