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4393 animals, 1.7 lakh birds killed in cyclone-flood in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Apart from 44 human lives, the twin calamities of cyclone and floods had taken a toll on 4,393 animals and 1,70,970 birds including chickens in Odisha, official sources said today.

"1,487 big animals including cattle and 2,906 small animals like goats were killed in the cyclone and floods," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Mohapatra said.

Ahead of the calamity, the state government had evacuated 31,062 cattle, but it was not possible to shift all animals and birds from five km of the sea shore, he said.

Replying a question, the SRC said 533.25 MT of cattle feed have been distributed in the 17 calamity hit districts.

Animal and bird carcasses were disposed by volunteers of Anandmarg, Fisheries and Animal Resource Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said, adding 13 mobile teams comprising veterinary doctors have been sent to the affected districts to monitor the health of cattle and birds.

This apart, Mishra said the state government has set up 224 mobile medical teams which have so far treated 10,552 animals in different districts.

First Published: Fri, October 18 2013. 22:11 IST