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4,000+ hens have died due to avian flu in Agra, India

Bird Flu

The death of thousands of poultry birds in some districts have put the administration on high alert in Uttar Pradesh, a state still reeling under the deadly H1N1 virus.
An advisory was issued to the district heads last week to take necessary measures to prevent any instance of bird flu. However, no case has been reported so far.
The deaths were reported earlier this month from the Saari Ka Purwa village of Shukulbazar block in Amethi district. “No human cases have been reported so far and the district administration, led by the chief veterinary officer, has conducted tests . We are taking all necessary precautions,” Amethi’s chief medical officer Ashok Kumar told MAIL TODAY.
Fresh poultry bird deaths were also reported from Agra, where over 4,000 hens have reportedly died in the past few days. Tests are yet to confirm any instance of bird flu at the farms in Basauri village of Agra, where the dead birds are still to be properly disposed of.
“The growers are not burying the birds properly, which enables stray dogs to dig them out and leave the rotten bodies around. We demand the administration to take affective steps,” Siddharth Kumar, a student living in the village, said.
“We have come to know about the outbreak and a team of experts will be sent to the village on Monday,” Agra’s deputy veterinary officer Dr Vikas Sathe said.
Courtesy of intoday.in

Thousands of dead fish found floating in the Ganges, India

Fish Kill Alert

Thousands of dead fish were found floating in Ganga at Dhabka Nullah and Dasheshwar Ghat in Jajmau on Friday. Experts attributed the death of fish to oxygen crisis in river water. However, neither any official from district administration nor from pollution control board visited the spot to take stock of the situation. 
In absence of police, locals had a free run carrying away dead fish in baskets. Kids were found carrying away large fish, a few weighing over several kilograms. 
A few locals informed the police but no official turned up at the site. Jajmau is the hub of leather tanneries. Recently, power supply to 98 tanneries of the area was snapped and forcibly shut down on the orders of National Green Tribunal (NGT) for flouting norms and polluting Ganga. The death of fish has once again brought the issue of Ganga’s pollution to the forefront.
Courtesy of indiatimes.com

Massive landslides caused by melting snow bury homes in parts of India


Massive landslides, triggered by fast melting of snow above Billing Nullah, about 1.5 km from Keylong, the district headquarters, blocked the flow of a rivulet for more than 40 hours, resulting in formation of a huge lake about one km above the Manali-Keylong highway. 
As the rivulet, with about one cubic metre of water flow, continues to increase the area of the lake, an alert has been sounded downstream to stay away from the nullah and banks of Chandra and Bhaga rivers, sources said. Officials are monitoring the spot continuously and the district administration has sought help from state geological department. Three houses and nearly 10 bighas of land were buried under the debris on Monday, they said. 
Lahaul-Spiti deputy commissioner Beer Singh Thakur said landslides are continuing in an area of about 200 metres. “The region is under close observation. In case of any danger, we shall take necessary action. For now, people have been told not to come close to the rivulet.” 
Thakur said water level rose continuously with the blockade and now some water was flowing over the debris. Dust particles due to falling rocks are visible from many kilometers away and there was possibility that more debris making the situation more critical, he said. 
Tashi Dorje, of Billing village, said, “We could not sleep the whole night due to the sound of falling rocks. Our village is safe as the nullah flows more than 100 feet below. But sudden breakage of the dam can prove fatal.”

Hailstone Storm Kills One Man & Injures Dozens Of People In Seoni District, India
Hail Formation Alert
A 60-year-old man, who sustained injury as a hailstones struck him on Sunday, succumbed in Seoni district a day after. Besides the dead, at least 16 other people of the district sustained injuries in the wake of hailstorm.
The incident took place at Marbodi village of the district. Bechan Lal Yadav, 60, who was grazing goats in his farm was hit by hailstorm at around 3 pm on Sunday. He returned home, but his condition deteriorated, sources said.
He was brought to district hospital on Monday morning, where he died during treatment. The district administration provided Rs10, 000 as relief to the kin of deceased and process for providing further relief was initiated. However, district collector Bharat Yadav said, “Getting hit by hailstorm cannot be said as the reason of his death as he had no injury marks going by post-mortem report.”
“But as he died due to natural calamity, a relief was provided through funds of Red Cross society,” Yadav said.
Sources said hailstones, which weighed around 100-150 grams, affected at least 60 villages of the district and damaged crops. In 50 of 60 villages, the damage to crop was above 50%.