Bhubaneswar: The culling of fowls in Keranga
area of Khurda district in Odisha, where birdflu had been
detected, ended with at least 31,175 poultry
exterminated while reports of crow deaths poured in.
"The three-day culling operation in a three kilometer
radius of Keranga is over. If more fowls are located later,
culling may take place again," said Alok Das, an official in
the fisheries and animal resource development (FARD)
The culling operation started on January 12 as per the
direction of the Centre after detection of avian influenza
in two birds at Keranga village.
The operation took place within a three-km radius area
of Keranga and precautionary steps were taken along the 10-km
radius of the epicentre, Das said.
A total of 50 trained personnel comprising officials
of FARD, forest and police undertook the culling operation,
Das said adding people were cautioned not to open the ditches
for a long time since the culled birds were buried there.
Of the 31,175 fowls culled, about 28,000 birds were
from a private firm, sources said.
Meanwhile, officials said more cases of crow deaths,
including some from the state capital, was received at the
fisheries and animal resource development department.
Death of about 1263 crows was received from 12 districts,
Though certain serum samples of crows were sent to the
laboratory for examination, the state government was yet to
receive any confirmation regarding the cause of the deaths, he