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Disaster response
Veterinary relief efforts begin after Nepal earthquake

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VETERINARY and animal welfare teams are on the ground in Nepal as part of an international effort to provide care for companion animals and livestock following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on April 25.

More than 70 per cent of Nepal's population works in the agricultural industry and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that the impact of the earthquake on food security and agricultural livelihoods in the country was expected to be very high. Affected families were likely to have lost livestock, crops, food stocks and other agricultural inputs. It said that it would support the Nepalese government in preventing further loss of livestock by providing animal feed and veterinary supplies. Somsak Pipoppinyo, the FAO's representative in Nepal, said: ‘We need to do all we can to preserve vital livestock assets which provide affected families with much needed income and nutrition.’

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