Berhampur, Dec 21 (LocalWire) A two-member expert team from state-run Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) Phulnakhara, Cuttack on Friday visited Landajuali village under Ganjam district’s Aska block where at least 57 cattle died the day before.
During their two-day visit to the district, the expert team will also visit other affected villages in the district, where mass death of cattle has been reported, said assistant district veterinary officer (ADVO) (Animal Disease) Rabindra Nath Panda.
The team will ascertain the cause of mass death of domestic animals in the last five days, especially during rains under the influence of Cyclone Phethai, which recently made a landfall in Andhra Pradesh.
Clinical investigators in the district on Thursday collected samples from carcasses of the animals from Landajuali to test and ascertain the exact cause of the mass casualty.
Veterinary doctors suspected the cattle might be died due to pneumonia being exposed to heavy rains in wither chill as their owners did not house them in proper cow-sheds. The exact cause of the mass death of animals, however, would be known after proper clinical test, said the ADVO.
Meanwhile, the death toll of domestic animals in the district increased to 306 in last five days, official sources said. These included 35 cows, 265 calves, five goats and an ox.
Deaths of domestic animals were reported from 51 villages in 14 out of 22 blocks of the district, said the ADVO.
Veterinary officials have identified 110 cattle owners, who lost their animals.