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
"Until Sunday 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 epicentre
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
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
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.