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Wed, 09/21/2011 - 19:16
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Death hounds livestock in Thar Desert after outbreak of diseases

Mithi, September 21, 2011 (PPI): Large scale deaths of livestock are reported across Thar Desert due to outbreak of different diseases in animals like infection in mouth, nostrils and paw and indigestion as a result of heavy rains consecutive for one and half a month.

Absence of daylight, accumulation of water and humidity in the air are the main reason of outbreak of diseases. Even the wild plants, grown after the rains and used as fodder, are under attack of insects, which cause indigestion to the cattle.

The estimates, based on reports reaching from different remote areas of Thar Desert, suggest that over 200, 000 cattle heads are infected by various diseases. Since no team of veterinary doctors has so far visited the far flung areas of Desert, the animals are dying every day.

The government claims death of 29000 cattle in Thar Desert during the rains, unofficial reports suggest the figure four times higher than it. The teams of animal husbandry department could be seen only at the roadsides vaccinating the passing animals. The department claims having vaccinated around 85000 cattle heads and treating 36000 animals.

It may be mentioned here that livestock is the main source of livelihood of Desert people and there are hundreds of thousands of cattle in Thar. This number increased during the heavy rains, as over 150, 000 cattle heads, 75 percent of them buffaloes, were shifted to Thar Desert from Mirpur Khas and Badin districts, ravaged by the rains, as there was no dry land for animals.

The goats are falling prey to indigestion, locally known as Teer disease, besides paw and mouth infection, in which the animal gets developed germs in paw and release of a substance from nostrils. “A large number of goats have died due to these diseases,” Manji Bheel of village Bhitiyun Ji Veri and Hemoon Bheel of village Nathrro told PPI.

These diseases have affected sheep, buffaloes, cows donkeys and even the camels. “The camels are also infected by skin diseases especially the itching in which the body hair of animal start vanishing and later the wounds are developed,” the villagers told