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Cattle in flood zone face food shortage

Cattle are still widely used in Myanmar’s agriculture sector. Volunteers have evacuated not only people but cattle from flood-affected areas across the nation.—Htay Aung
Cattle are still widely used in Myanmar’s agriculture sector. Volunteers have evacuated not only people but cattle from flood-affected areas across the nation.—Htay Aung

Yangon, 19 Aug — Cattle in Ayeyawady Region’s flood-affected Ingapu Township are in urgent need of feed, as transport problems caused by the flooding have hampered delivery of emergency supplies, a local official said Wednesday.
“Worse flooding than in previous years has left herds of cattle in three parts of the township in urgent need of feed,” Dr Sann Win, head of the Ingapu Township Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
“Since 13 and 14 August, cattle feed stocks and bales of straw and hay have been shipped to the villages where cattle feed is seriously needed.”
While the township sees flooding annually, this year’s conditions have been much worse than usual, Dr Sann Win said.
To keep hay bales safe from floodwaters, villagers usually keep them, along with cattle, on raised platforms. This year’s flooding, however, destroyed several of the platforms, he said.
The 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, a well-known civil service organization, said Wednesday around 10,000 head of cattle face starvation unless feed and veterinary drugs can reach the township in Hinthada District within five days.
However, Dr Sann Win said the number of cattle in need of emergency feed was lower than the group’s estimate.
He said feed had been transported by boat so far to three of five prioritized villages — Gwaytaukchaung, Sittkone and Thetkelkon.
Ayeyawady Region is one of 12 states and regions affected by flooding in the country. Statistics show floods affected 485,683 people as of Tuesday in the region.—GNLM

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