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Donkeys come to the aid of Pakistan flood victims

Donkeys are helping to get vital first aid, vaccination and medicines to people affected by monsoon rains in Pakistan, which have killed 400 people.

The floods have affected an estimated 4.5 million people and displaced whole communities.

But mobile teams operated by the Brooke in one of the worst-affected regions – Sindh province in southern Pakistan – is helping the relief effort.

Donkeys are being used to transport families, food and supplies.

The Brooke mobile team is also helping to provide first aid and supplies to some of the estimated 800 displaced horses and donkeys in the region.

A spokesman for the Brooke mobile team in Jacobabad district said: “Hundreds of thousands of animals are at risk in rain-affected areas as water-borne diseases have emerged.

“And animals could die of starvation because fodder has been washed away.”

The Brooke is an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.

For more information visit www.thebrooke.org

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