Culling to continue for next 5 days in Meghalaya
Shillong: Culling and mopping operations will continue for the next five days in Meghalaya to contain the spread of bird-flu in East Garo Hills district, official sources said.
"Until last evening, 3026 fowls were subjected to hygienic culling by the district administration, even as specialised teams of Rapid Response Teams and medical officers
were activated within three kilometers from the epicenter where the bird-flu was detected" District Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi told PTI.
The teams are concentrating in areas within three kilometers of the government-run farm for the past four days and a total of 21 villages have been sanitised, he said.
According to the district magistrate, the operation will continue for the coming five days in and around Williamnagar town.
Till yesterday, the government had to pay due compensation of Rs 3,11,975 to affected farmers after it enhanced compensation from Rs 50 (GoI rate) upto Rs 250 per fowl.
The district, with a population density of 122 inhabitants per square km, has a population of 3,17,618 persons as per 2011 census.
Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory confirmed bird-flu on January 11 after testing blood samples.