Animals fight a lonely battle of survival after Uttarakhand floods

The deadly flood in Uttarakhand has brought miseries not only to humans. There are thousands of animals left stranded ever since the flood wreaked havoc in the state.  ''These animals have made pilgrim places accessible for centuries. They have built the economic backbone of the region, they have made life possible by reaching food to far-off places. But thousands of horses, goats, cows and dogs have been left to die or fend for themselves, stranded in isolated pockets surrounded by deadly landslides or treacherous currents,'' says Gauri Maulekhi, Member Secretary, People for Animals Uttarakhand (IE Photo)
The deadly flood in Uttarakhand has brought miseries not only to humans. There are thousands of animals left stranded ever since the flood wreaked havoc in the state.
''These animals have made pilgrim places accessible for centuries. They have built the economic backbone of the region, they have made life possible by reaching food to far-off places. But thousands of horses, goats, cows and dogs have been left to die or fend for themselves, stranded in isolated pockets surrounded by deadly landslides or treacherous currents,'' says Gauri Maulekhi, Member Secretary, People for Animals Uttarakhand (IE Photo)
Gauri says no veterinarian was available in the affected areas till July 3. Even when the Animal Husbandry relief teams reached the calamity area, they charged standard fees for treatment of injured animals from farmers who have lost everything in the calamity, she says. (IE Photo)
Gauri says no veterinarian was available in the affected areas till July 3. Even when the Animal Husbandry relief teams reached the calamity area, they charged standard fees for treatment of injured animals from farmers who have lost everything in the calamity, she says. (IE Photo)
She said 91 tonnes of fodder has been accumulated by various agencies at the Guptkashi and Gauchar helipads in Rudraprayag and Chamoli, but not a single chopper has dropped fodder anywhere along the Kedarnath route for starving animals. (IE Photo)
She said 91 tonnes of fodder has been accumulated by various agencies at the Guptkashi and Gauchar helipads in Rudraprayag and Chamoli, but not a single chopper has dropped fodder anywhere along the Kedarnath route for starving animals. (IE Photo)
Two hundred and fifty mules are still stuck in Rambada Bazaar, 350 at Ghingorpani, 10 in Kedarnath Bazaar, 600 in Kedarnath valley, 50 at Gaurikund (trans-Mandakani) and 5 at Sonprayag. (IE Photo)
Two hundred and fifty mules are still stuck in Rambada Bazaar, 350 at Ghingorpani, 10 in Kedarnath Bazaar, 600 in Kedarnath valley, 50 at Gaurikund (trans-Mandakani) and 5 at Sonprayag. (IE Photo)
In the Hemkund area 1,135 animals including mules, cows and buffaloes are stuck because a 60-feet temporary bridge over Alakhnanda was removed by the Army on June 29. Two more bridges, 30 and 20-feet long, are required at Pulna and Ghangaria on the Hemkund track to rescue 300 mules. (IE Photo)
In the Hemkund area 1,135 animals including mules, cows and buffaloes are stuck because a 60-feet temporary bridge over Alakhnanda was removed by the Army on June 29. Two more bridges, 30 and 20-feet long, are required at Pulna and Ghangaria on the Hemkund track to rescue 300 mules. (IE Photo)

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