Mysterious death of livestock triggers panic in Mopong circle

Mysterious death of livestock triggers panic in Mopong circle
A person seen tending a pig.
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/4/2021 12:03:14 PM IST

Mysterious deaths of hundreds of livestock in Mopong circle under Mon district have triggered panic. A number of pigs, dogs and hens have been found dead in the area since February 2021.

Further, besides the death of livestock like hen and mithun, many villagers too are reported to be experiencing cold, cough, fever and diarrhoea. All these have triggered fear among the residents. 

Speaking to Nagaland Post, Mopong Hongkong Students’ Union (MHSU) president Kholee Konyak claimed that more than 500 pigs, 60 dogs and countless number of chickens died during the last two months, while 12 mithuns have died since March second week.   

He said a team of district veterinary officials visited the area following the incident and vaccinated the pigs, besides giving them medication. However, he claimed that the deaths could not be brought under control, even as another team from Dimapur also visited the area and took blood samples from the animals for tests to ascertain the causes of disease, whose results were awaited. Now, even as the reason for the large-scale deaths of livestock was not yet known, he said many villagers too were suffering from cold, cough, fever and diarrhoea and suspected that there could be a link between the deaths of livestock and diseases among humans.

Kholee said many villagers who reared cattle for Aoleang festival were badly affected because of the mass deaths of livestock.

After MHSU brought the matter to the notice of the Mon district administration, deputy commissioner had issued prohibitory orders on March 24. 

As per the orders, transportation of live/dead/butchered pigs from village/towns under Mopong circle and butchering of sick pigs or sale of dead pigs for personal consumption have been strictly prohibited, while it has been made mandatory to bury pig carcasses in pits measuring at least four feet deep. 

Meanwhile, even as the large-scale deaths of livestock was not enough, the recent devastating hailstorm accompanied by strong winds have made the lives of villagers miserable as many agricultural crops and cardamom farms were completely destroyed.  

Kholee alleged that the district administration was yet to provide any relief to the affected people. 

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