Stormy weather kills, hurts Hundreds of birds in Natore

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Natore Correspondent
Hundreds of endangered Billed stork have been killed and injured in recent incessant rainfall and storm like weather at Shamskhalsi village birds’ sanctuary under Naldanga upazila of Natore district. It is learnt, there was countrywide incessant rain associated with strong wind due to low in the Bay on last Friday and Saturday. In Chalanbeel area of Naldanga, the impact of rainfall and the storm was severe. It caused widespread damage of the nests of migratory Shamuk Khol at the birds’ sanctuary of Shamskhalsi village, killing more than one hundred birds and injuring scores more. At the same time scores of rare Shamuk Khol birds were also killed and injured in reserved bird gardens of Rajshahi due to the impact of sudden storm and incessant rainfall on last Friday and on Saturday. Being informed, officials of Forestry Department rushed to Shamskhalsi village of Naldanga and rescued many of the injured Shamuk Khol. Most of the rescued birds were young chicks and were unable to fly. Mahmudul Islam Mohsin, local union council member informed, due to incessant rain and windy weather, more than 100 Shamuk Khol of the Shamskhalsi village sanctuary were killed. Rescue personnel from Forestry department, however, rescued 68 birds which fell from the trees. He further said, failing to cope with gusty wind and heavy rainfall, several hundred Shamuk Khol birds took shelter at the houses of the village. Fire Brigade personnel from Natore visited house to house of the village and rescued live birds but most of the injured birds were slaughtered, cooked and eaten by the villagers. Alim Uddin and Yousuf Mia, Nursery Assistants of Rajshahi Forestry office also rescued the injured birds and chicks and tried to recover the injured birds by warming those through heating. They also took some of injured birds to Rajshahi for better treatment. Asaduzzaman Asad, former vice chairman of Naldanga upazila, former union council member Ibrahim Hossain and environment activist Ziaul Alam also visited the village and conducted rescue operation of birds with the help of villagers. Locals said, most of the dead birds were chicks and some adult birds which took shelter at the houses of villagers to save themselves from the grip of wind and rain, were caught and slaughtered by the house owners for consumption of meat. Mainul Islam, Official of Natore Fire Service station informed, they so far recovered 70 dead birds of various ages and rescued 38 small and 30 large birds and after giving first treatment, those were released in air.

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