Yak deaths in higher reaches of North Sikkim

Yak deaths in higher reaches of North Sikkim
Tue, May 14, 2019

District team formed to treat surviving yaks, safely dispose carcasses

GANGTOK,: A team consisting of vets, district officials, ITBP personnel and local yak herders would be heading out to Muguthang and other areas in North Sikkim for medical treatment of the surviving yaks and also to dispose the carcasses of the dead yaks.
This was finalised during a meeting today chaired by the Chungthang SDM with personnel from 11th and 13th battalions of the ITBP, veterinary officers, local yak herders and other authorities concerned. The meeting was regarding providing necessary assistance and medical treatment to yaks at Muguthang, Lashar Valley, Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu areas, as shared by North DC Raj Yadav in social media.
All these high altitude areas fall in cold desert region of North Sikkim near the Indo-China border. A large number of domestic yaks were trapped in these areas since last December under heavy snowfall and around 300 yaks were found dead recently at Muguthang due to starvation.
The team heading towards Muguthang and other areas will start from May 18 and remain there till May 22. They will be providing necessary medical treatments, vitamin supplements, animal feeds for yaks in these areas. The road is still not clear and time is needed to collect necessary items, said the DC.
The said team will also safely dispose carcasses of dead yaks using limes to prevent spread of epidemic. Meanwhile, the lower areas are being searched and medicines are being provided to the surviving yaks.
Yesterday, a team comprising of Veterinary officers and officials from BAC Chungthang went and visited Lachen valley up to Tso Lhamu to investigate further on the present status of yak mortality in the region, shared the DC in his social media page.
During the field visit, the weaker yaks were provided with Restobal (anti stress) and some vitamin injections and the owners were handed over a bag of crushed maize, wheat flour, salt and mineral mixtures.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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