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| Last Updated:: 13/11/2019

On Day 2, over 1,600 more birds found dead at Sambhar






Carcasses of 1,622 more migratory birds were found strewn across Sambhar Salt Lake on Tuesday amid fears that the mystery illness behind the deaths might have taken a bigger toll on the wintering visitors than initially estimated. Since Monday, forest department teams have buried 2,338 carcasses of birds from more than 25 species, including trans-Himalayan migrants. “As suggested by veterinarians, we have dug a pit measuring 10x10 to bury the birds after sprinkling lime and salt. We will continue to look for more carcasses that might be floating or lying along the 5km span of the salt lake,” forest range officer Rajendra Singh Jakhar said. As reported by TOI on Tuesday, veterinarians suspect water contamination or algae poisoning to be the cause of the deaths. The forest department has collected water samples from the lake and sent it to the state pollution control board for tests.




Civic workers collect dead birds at Sambhar Salt Lake on Tuesday




Viscera samples sent to forensic laboratory in Bhopal

Jaipur: “We will know from the test results whether toxicity of water or a bacterial or viral infection is killing the birds,” Jakhar said. Viscera samples had been sent to the forensic science laboratory in Bhopal on Monday to find out if an infection was responsible for birds falling I dead. Jaipurbased veterinarian Ashok Kumar ruled out the possibility of bird flu, saying water contamination and algae were the prime suspects. The bird species struck by this mystery illness include Pallas's gull, knob-billed duck, mallard, ferruginous duck, northern shoveler, common teal, pied avocet, ruff, common redshank, marsh sandpiper, wood sandpiper, common sandpiper, lesser sand plover, little ringed plover, Kentish plover, common coot, green bee-eater, blackwinged kite, ruddy shelduck, black-winged stilt, Temminck's stint, gadwall, black and brown-headed gulls, gull-billed tern, greater flamingo, lesser whistling duck, silverbill and northern pintail. A team comprising chief conservator of forests Arun Prasad, divisional forest officer Kavita Singh and a panel of doctors from the State Disease Diagnostic Centre visited the sprawling salt lake on Tuesday for an inspection. 




Civic workers collect dead birds at Sambhar Salt Lake on Tuesday. Over 2,600 dead birds of various species were found at the lake in the last two days. Authorities were yet to ascertain the cause of large-scale deaths






Source: The Times of India, 13 November 2019, Jaipur.