SHILLONG, Jan 16 � To check the spread of bird-flu in East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, culling and mopping operations will continue for the next five days.
�Until last evening, 3,026 fowls were subjected to culling by the district administration, even as specialised teams of Rapid Response Teams and medical officers were activated within three kilometres from the epicentre where the bird-flu was detected,� Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.
The teams are concentrating in areas within three kilometres of the government-run farm for the past four days and a total of 21 villages have been sanitised, he said.
According to the district magistrate, the operation will continue for the coming five days in and around Williamnagar town.
Till yesterday, the government had to pay compensation of Rs 3,11,975 to affected farmers after it enhanced compensation from Rs 50 (Government of India rate) up to Rs 250 per fowl.
Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory confirmed the bird-flu on January 11 after testing blood samples. � PTI