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Telangana: Bird flu alert in parks: PCCF R. Shobha

Mrs R. Shobha PCCF(HoFF) said, She appointed  all Chief Conservators and Forest Officers to all the districts as per Centre’s directions. she was alerted. Similarly, state-wide forest department parks and bird sanctuaries have directed the authorities to take appropriate precautionary measures in case of other area birds.

Reports of spread of Avian Flu is being received from Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala & Rajasthan States.  Madhya Pradesh has reported death of over 360 crows due to Bird Flu.  Mr. Prakash Javadekar Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change, GOI during the Video conference held today.

He requested to all the States to take preventive measures to control the spread of Bird Flu and to detect and report all cases of death of Birds to the concerned authorities for taking necessary actions.

R. Shobha PCCF said, Telangana Forest Department has taken the following measures to prevent Bird Flu and to report all cases of death of Birds detected in the field.

The Curator, Nehru Zoo Park and the officers incharge of Kakatiya Zoo, Warangal, Manjeera Bird Sanctuary, Sangareddy, Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary including Pakhal lake, Siwaram WL Sanctuary, Kinnerasani WL Sanctuary including Kinnerasani lake have been instructed to constitute Rapid Response Teams for conducting at patrolling in areas where migratory birds congregate.  Similar directions have been given to all the circle heads and division heads.

The field officers have been instructed to collect the carcasses of birds detected during this period, pack them safely and send to veterinary science laboratories for analysing and identifying cause of death.

The Forest Department requests the general public also to be alert during this period and if any dead bird is noticed, the information is to be passed on to the wildlife crime control cell at Aranya Bhavan, Hyderabad with toll free no. 18004255364, which functions around the clock.

The District Officers have been requested to coordinate with Animal Husbandry as well as the District Administration in taking required preventive measures and vigil to detect death of birds.

The winter season attracts large no. of migrant birds from Northern region of Himalayas to Southern States.  These birds nest and breed in water bodies.  Since these birds travel over long distances crossing several states, it is essential to keep track of these birds at the nesting and breeding sites.  A suitable instruction has been issued in this regard.

The Telangana Forest Department requests the general public to give  information in 24×7 toll free any matter relating to Bird Flu for immediate response.


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