‘Tragedy’ as 300 yaks starve trapped by snow in India



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Authorities tried to drop meals to the animals however have been pushed again by poor climate

At the very least 300 yaks have starved to demise close to India’s border with China after getting trapped by heavy snowfall.

Authorities official Raj Yadav stated they discovered the corpses within the north-east state of Sikkim on Friday.

The yaks had been trapped since December. Authorities had tried to drop meals to the animals by helicopter however have been pushed again by poor climate.

Yaks have been within the area for 1000’s of years, used for his or her milk and meat but in addition to move items.

“The passage was cleared 5 days in the past, after which our staff trekked to the realm to find the tragedy,” Mr Yadav stated.

Authorities discovered the lifeless yaks within the Mukuthang valley within the north of the state. Whereas between 10 and 15 yaks often die every year, this 12 months’s toll is the very best on file.

Efforts are underneath strategy to attain as much as 50 yaks nonetheless trapped within the space “that want fast consideration”, Mr Yadav stated.

Yak house owners would obtain compensation of 30,000 rupees ($430) per yak, with a most of three yaks per household.

Native conservationist Usha Lachungpa stated highway constructing within the space might have led to snow sliding down the mountain and blocking roads.

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