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Scott Cantin
Bangkok
WSPA's Asia Pacific Disaster Management Communications Manager
Interests: Animal Welfare, Disaster Response, Communications for good.
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We’re back in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia working just outside the 5 kilometre exclusion zone around Mount Sinabung. We're here to monitor and evaluate the work we did in January and February when we came to assist the evacuation and feeding of livestock from villages in the danger zone surrounding the erupting volcano. Our Asia Pacific Disaster Team Leader Steven Clegg checking on a cow with Mount Sinabung erupting in the background. Our first stop was the volcano observatory where we met with volcanologists for an update on the eruptions. With steam, ash and rockfalls visible on the volcano, it came... Continue reading
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The tragic news this week that Mount Sinabung’s ongoing eruptions claimed an additional sixteen human lives is a reminder how deadly and devastating natural disasters can be. Dr. Naritsorn Pholperm approaches a cow in the danger zone around Mt. Sinabung. February 8, 2014 (Gembong Nusantara) We were in Sinabung, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia earlier this month where we helped hundreds of animals living in the ash-covered wasteland surrounding the volcano. Sinabung recently came back to life after 400 years of inactivity and has been erupting nearly constantly (50-100 times a day) for several weeks. When our team arrived, we discovered that... Continue reading
Hi - sorry for the very late reply. We've been incredibly busy responding to multiple disasters in the region. Our CEO, Mike Baker wrote on this very topic today: http://ind.pn/19Y8jyU If you'd like to see a future blog post exploring this concept, please let me know. Cheers, Scott
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It was early morning but the sun’s intensity was enough to wear you out after only a few minutes. We were on our way to Malalison Island – a tiny bump in the ocean about a half hour by motorboat from the west coast of Panay. The World Animal Protection team setting out, with Malalison in the distance We’d heard from our local partners that little was known of the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on Malalison as communications had been severed. We knew they were mostly fisherman and farmers and they were directly in the storm’s path so we expected... Continue reading
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Today I met a family whose story of Typhoon Haiyan broke my heart. Nenita Inamarga 63 and her daughter in law Jeniffer Inamarga 35 described the horror that devastated their farm on the afternoon of November 8 and has left them scared and without hope ever since. “We heard on the radio that the typhoon was coming but they predicted it would be signal one (the lowest on the Philippines ranking category),” Jeniffer said. “But then around midnight on the eighth, it was upgraded to signal 4 (the strongest).” Jeniffer and her daughter Ruth Inamarga in front of their chicken... Continue reading
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It’s day 17 of our relief work in the Visasyas provinces of the Philippines. Every day, I’ve heard inspiring stories of survival and painful stories of loss. It’s difficult to convey the scale of this disaster or how serious a situation the Filipino people and their animals are facing so let me instead, tell you about some of the people and animals we are helping. Rilie Francis is 11 years old. He and his one year old dog Liney came form treatment at our mobile clinic in Mamarang Sapa. He described the terror he felt the night of the typhoon... Continue reading
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Today we stopped in five villages and treated dozens of dogs, cattle water buffalo and pigs. Mamarang Sapa village sits high in the mountains of Aklan Province. The typhoon has made access to these villages extremely difficult, and the rains yesterday nearly prevented us from reaching them at all, with a nearby river threatening to overflow and wash the roads away. Villages like Mamarang Sapa have received next to no attention and very little outside help. The people and animals have been hanging on for weeks now and we were the first INGO on the scene to help. I met... Continue reading
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World Animal Protection's Drs. Naritsorn Pholperm and Daniel Ventura have returned from Northern Cebu and Bantayan Island after helping thousands of animals by administering life-saving veterinary care in some of the areas that were hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan over two weeks ago. Dr. Nartisorn Pholperm treats a cow in Northern Cebu Island. November 23, 2013 Over four days, the team worked with 23 dedicated local volunteer vets. They assessed over 13,000 animals and treated over 2000! Diarrhoea and tick infestations have been the most common conditions our vets have managed. Both can prove fatal if left untreated – ongoing... Continue reading
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Our three-day rapid assessment of Western Visayas is now complete. We have been helping animals we’ve come across all through Antique, Kalibo and Roxas provinces. We’ve been providing vitamins, mineral supplement solutions to cows, chickens and dogs as well as anti-worm drugs so that these survivors do not now succumb to chronic malnutrition and parasites. Dr. Juan Carlos Murillo treats a three year old pregant cow that exhibit signs of respiratory distress as her owner Olivia steadies her (Troncophotovideo) Conversations are underway with local veterinarian associations and faculties to train, equip and deploy them into the worst stricken areas in... Continue reading
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As one World Animal Protection Response team is out working helping thousands of animals with vaccinations and veterinary care in Northern Cebu and Bantayan Islands,our second response team is just back from our first day of rapid assessment in Antique, Western Visayas. Yesterday, we visited communities and farms all along this province that makes up the western coast of the island of Panay. Dr. Nartisorn Pholperm prepares to treat an a cow on Bantayan Island. November 22, 2013. As in Cebu last week, we saw evidence of the terrible fury of Typhoon Haiyan. Destruction was everywhere and, two weeks out,... Continue reading
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We've all seen the news reports of devastation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan's (called Yolanda in the Phillipines) arrival in the early morning hours of December 8th. The storm, the largest typhoon on record left thousands dead, tens of thousands displaced and left a trail of misery and suffering behind. Do you remember Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy? How much damage each of these storms did? Haiyan's force was equal to Katrina and Sandy combined. We're working in Cebu Province and a nearby island called Bantayan in the intial emergency response. But, when a disaster this big, this devastating... Continue reading
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We’re working in Cebu, one of the two worst hit provinces of the Philippines and also where some of the poorest areas in the country are located. Cebu is also a province with a high animal population - everyone we meet seems to have a dog or cat, but also livestock and poultry. We’ve seen an urgent need for food for companion animals. As you can imagine, when people themselves cannot find enough to eat, it is equally dire for their pets. While livestock will also need our help, for the moment, they do not face the same risk of... Continue reading
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The farmers had no chance to save their animals. The fury of the storm ripped poultry farms to shreds, scattering birds and levelling their hatches. Poultry farmers have sifted through the debris to find live chickens they can relocate after their cropswere raised to the ground in northern Cebu, Philippines (C. Baldicantos). Cattle, goats and water buffalos wander the roads, their owners have no food to eat themselves so they cannot provide for their animals. They forage among downed trees and debris, getting skinnier each day. A cow forages beside a highway in Cebu Province. November 13, 2013 Pets, separated... Continue reading
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We’ve nearly finished our rapid assessment of Cebu and Bantayan Islands and have linked up with municipal governments and veterinarians at each stop to make sure our work supports the larger humanitarian effort all around us. We’ve been very encouraged by the reception we received from Neil Sanchez, the coordinator of relief efforts for Cebu Province. One mayor, in San Remigio the honourable Mariano Martinez, told us that animals were not part of the needs they’d identified, but after speaking with us, he recognized how the well-being of animals is tied to the wellbeing of the people, both in this... Continue reading
After setting out from home at 5 am this morning and two flights later, I'm here. Along the way, airline staff checking us in asked us where we were going and when we told them - to come to the worst hit parts of the Philippines to help the animals and their human companions affected by Typhoon Haiyan, they thanked us and said, "we need all the help we can get." When we touched down in Manila this afternoon, we immediately went to meet the Philippines Animal Hospital Association (PAHA) to hear from them what areas they think have been... Continue reading
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Only weeks after the relief over the relatively low human and animal death toll from Cyclone Phailin, we are daily confronted by horrifying scenes and reports of utter destruction in the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Despite the early evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, the super typhoon – the strongest on record to hit land - has devastated communities across multiple provinces of the Philippines including Leyte, Samar and Eastern Visayas. Shocking news reports of thousands dead and many more thousands forced to live in evacuation shelters while food and water supplies are perilously low paint a... Continue reading
Typhoon Haiyan is now impacting northern Vietnam where nearly 1 million people evacuated from low lying coastal areas over the last few days. While the typhoon has weakened since ripping through central Philippines, this is still a major storm. Vietnam is struggling with the effects of typhoons that have battered the country in recent weeks. Our staff in Hanoi are reporting in and we will share details of how the animals are doing as well as keep you updated on our ongoing disaster responses in the Vietnam’s central provinces. Continue reading
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Early reports of the damage Super Typhoon Haiyan has caused in the Philippines - first responders are comparing it to the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami - are horrifying. Weather events of this magnitude devastate communities and we are working on an hourly basis with our local contacts to determine what the needs are for animals and their owners. We are on standby to deploy but in the meantime, I want to update you on some ongoing work in the region. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that our team was in the Attepu Province of Lao... Continue reading
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In disasters, there are few dream scenarios. Yet when you think of what could have happened this week in India when the once-Category 5 Cyclone Phailin hit the heavily populated and low-lying eastern coast, it is a living, breathing example of what we promote at WSPA: preparedness. When you are prepared for disasters, they don’t do nearly as much damage. Although it can be easy to imagine what needs to be done following a disaster, it is often the work and education done after and before major events that saves more lives. Simon deTrey White/WSPA We’re back from Odisha and... Continue reading
Although the full effects of Cyclone Phailin are not yet known, we are cautiously relieved the human toll was apparently low. It's a testament to the local people and government that mass evacuations preceded Phailin's arrival. Our response team is now on the ground and focused very much on how animals fared during Phailn's impact. We stand ready to give veterinary care or emergency provisions and as more details come in, I'll update you here. Our thoughts now turn to Typhoon Nari currently sweeping though Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand. Each of these were hit recently by floods caused by two... Continue reading
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A shepherd holds an umbrella as he stands on a highway with his flock in Srikakulam district in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh October 12, 2013 ©Reuters/ Adnan Abidi With over 600,000 people fleeing to safer ground and evacuation zones, Cyclone Phailin is causing one of the largest mass evacuations in India’s history. With the devastating effects of a 1999 super-cyclone still in living memory, the government and people in the region knew that to stay put was to potentially risk their lives. And yet, media are reporting that some people did stay behind in coastal areas. An... Continue reading
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Our Asia Pacific disaster management team is preparing to deploy to Odisha State on the east coast of India to be ready to support animals and their communities affected by Cyclone Phailin. Cyclone Phailin 48 hours ago. It has since grown in strength and scale and is impacting India as a CAT 5 Cyclone. The Category 5 cyclone – the strongest category there is – will hit the eastern states of Odisha and Andrha Pradesh today at approximately 7 PM local time. Disaster monitoring sites and media reports describe the cyclone as comparable in size to Hurricane Katrina that devastated... Continue reading
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Odkhvu’s eyes darkened as he recalled the terrible winter of 2010 when he and his wife lost over 90% of their animals. “The dzud was very bad that year and we lost 550 of our 600 animals, mostly sheep and goats”. Odkhvu, Erdendelai, Dundgovi, Mongolia. July 2013 Dzuds happen roughly every decade or so in Mongolia and are a phenomenon when a summertime drought is followed by an extremely cold or snowy winter. Animals, unable to pack on fat reserves during the drought are left weakened and unhealthy. When winter arrives, bringing temperatures as low as -40C or deep snows,... Continue reading
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Aerial vew of the mountainous Ladakh region Our Asia Pacific Disaster Response team are on the Changtang Plateau, southeastern Ladakh in India's northern Jammu Kashmir State conducting a rapid assessment after a prolonged period of intense cold and snowfall has killed thousands of animals and affected the livelihoods of countless people. Three members of our disaster response team are on the ground to conduct the assessment after 40,000 goats and sheep and hundreds of horses and yaks have died from malnourishment and hypothermia. Many thousands more are potentially in danger as the lack of food over the past months has... Continue reading
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I'm happy to tell you that the shade netting and mineral supplements have arrived for the animals coping with the terrible drought in Maharashtra State. While this means 9,000 animals have a fighting chance to get through this drought, our work now turns to persuading the remaining camps across the state to adopt this model camp approach. Have a look at some photos of the arrival below! WSPA's Dr. Akash Maheshwari demonstrates the right mixture of mineral supplements to feed as a hungry water buffalo looks on WSPA's Hansen Thambi Prem and cattle camp residents unfurl the first of the... Continue reading
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