17,000 migratory birds died in Rajasthan’s Sambhar lake —

 

A worker picks up a dead bird, and other carcasses are lying beside it, at the Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan

A worker picks up a dead bird, and other carcasses are lying beside it, at the Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan

Nearly 17,000 migratory birds have died so far at the country’s largest inland saltwater lake near Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, due to botulism, a serious and fatal illness that affects the nerves, a forest official said on 18 November 2019.

The deaths were reported in Jaipur, Nagaur and Ajmer districts of the state, he said.

“The death toll has increased to nearly 17,000,” Chief Wildlife Warden of the Forest Department, Arindam Tomar, said. Jaipur collector Jagroop Singh Yadav informed that carcasses have been disposed of

Nearly 8,500 birds have died so far in Jaipur itself, Mr. Yadav said.

Initially, it was suspected that the birds died due to avian flu but the report from a laboratory in Bhopal has ruled this out. On November 10, thousands of birds, including Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Shelduck, Plovers, Avocets, were found dead in the 5-7km area around Sambhar lake. This was the second such incident in the State within a week. On November 7, 37 demoiselle cranes were found dead in Jodhpur’s Khinchan area. (PTI)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


1 + = five

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>