Disaster and Emergency Response

Donkey Sanctuary India Always Ready to respond and extend voluntary services to any Disaster and emergency situation.

Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1352 m above the sea level. The Yamuna and the Ganga are the biggest rivers in Uttarkashi district. Geographically the district is prone to incidents of natural disasters like cloud bursts, flash flood, landslides etc. As reported by the Chief Minister, Uttarakhand in the media, more than 1056 people have lost their life and hundreds are still missing in monsoon floods on 14th June 2013. In Uttarakhand, a total no. of 8 of 13 districts are affected.

In response to the disaster at Uttarakhand,july2013 , DSI deputed two teams to carry out relief operations for the injured and stranded equines. Detailed action plan and budget was prepared before the relief operations was carried out. The relief operations were carried out in coordination with partnership organisations (WSPA, Humane Society International-Asia, Brooke India, and AAGAAS) and Government agencies (Uttarakhand Animal Husbandry department, ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police), Indian Army (Signals) and National Disaster Management Agency etc). We are glad to inform that DSI took the efforts to reach ground zero at Govindghat where the equines were stranded across the River Alaknanda to provide relief operations. A detailed report on the day wise activities, videos and the official letters on the feed and medicine provided for the relief operations have been submitted for documentation purpose.

All the equines have been safely evacuated after lot of efforts with special mention to BRO (Indian army) who constructed the temporary bridge across the river. (Photos below).