Saturday, January 31, 2015

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Another Banker Bites The Dust – Russian Central Bank Deputy Head Shoots 3 Dead In The South-East Of The Country Before Killing Himself?!



January 31, 2015 - RUSSIA
- The deputy head of the Russian Central Bank directorate in the Amur region of the country has shot dead three people before turning the gun on himself, Russian independent news service Interfax reports.

The killer is alleged to have shot two women and a man in an office on the first floor of the regional Central Bank in the city of Blagoveshchensk. All three died at the scene.

The motive for the shootings is unclear at this time, though Russian media is speculating that the shooter may have been having problems at work.




An official said: "Two women and one man are among the victims of the deputy head of the regional department of the Central Bank. One of the victims was also a deputy head of the bank, another the head of department of the bank and the third was a chief of a department of the bank."

Update


An official spokesperson has suggested that the shooting could have been in response to a proposed management reshuffle at the bank.

"According to preliminary information, the day before [the shooting] the management of the bank held a working meeting. The discussion focused on personnel changes." - News Republic.


Who is killing the great bankers of Europe?

This is either the most interesting case of coincidental deaths or one of the most evil plots in modern history.Western bankers are dropping dead all over the place - most of them youngish and in good health. There appear to be an unusual number of suicides and "unexplained" deaths.

Last year, 36 bankers died. There have been 3 already this year, including the latest - a Dutch financier who worked for Amro bank.

 Zero Hedge blog has been following this story.
Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen - the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years. As Quotenet reports, the death of Van Eghen  - the head of ABN's corporate finance and capital markets -"startled" friends and colleagues as the 42-year-old "had a great reputation" at work, came from an "illustrious family," and enjoyed national fame briefly as the boyfriend of a famous actress/model. As one colleague noted, "he was always cheerful, good mood, and apparently he had everything your heart desired. He never sat in the pit, never was down, so I was extremely surprised. I can not understand."

As Niburu details,
friends and colleagues were startled by the news that Chris van Eeghen had committed suicide.


He worked in Amsterdam for ABN / AMRO in the position of "head of syndicate and corporate finance markets."


Again, there is again a familiar pattern, namely that there is no indication that Van Eeghen had plans to take his life.


Ostensibly a successful banker, coming from what was described as an illustrious family. Chris was also a familiar sight in Amsterdam's nightlife scene and enjoyed national fame as possible new boyfriend of Tatjana Simic (a famous Croatian-Dutch model, singer, actress).


Most believe that the suicide is not related to his work at the bank, but a former colleague had noticed that on his Facebook recently changed its job title to "former."


Chris leaves behind a son - who had recently been cleared of cancer.

This is the 4th ABN Amro suicide in recent years...
So what's going on? Almost certainly, it isn't a plot. Banking - especially at the level that most of these bankers had reached - is a stressful occupation with more than the average number of suicides. It's also logical that such stress could lead to an early death due to heart attack or stroke. (Researchers now believe that some cancers are related to stress.)

If you were to take employees from a similarly stressful industry and compare suicide and early death rates, you would probably make similar correlations appear.

So far, no evidence of foul play has emerged in any of these deaths. So either the plotters are spectacularly competent in fooling authorities, or there is nothing fishy at all about these deaths. - American Thinker.



INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Massive Gas Explosion At Mexico City Children's Hospital - Kills 2, Injures 53!



January 31, 2015 - MEXICO
- A gas truck explosion outside a Mexico City maternity hospital has left at least two people dead and 53 others injured, including more than 20 children, according to city authorities.

The initial death toll was put at seven, but Adrian Rubalcava, head of the Cuajimalpa borough in Mexico City where the facility is located, later said that only two people lost their lives in the accident.

One of those killed was a child, while another was a woman around 40 years of age.











Rubalcava explained that the miscount occurred after several unconscious people who were retrieved from the debris were mistaken for dead.

The bodies were found in the debris of the collapsed building, according to local media reports. Between 30 to 40 percent of the structure had reportedly collapsed following the blast.


WATCH: Powerful gas explosion shatters maternity hospital in Mexico City.




Rubalcava said said that “the most worrisome is the collapse of a large part of the hospital.”

The explosion, which sent a smoke column billowing through western Mexico City, occurred when a hose supplying gas to the hospital burst Thursday morning. - RT.




MONUMENTAL DELUGE: Widespread Flooding – The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, And Catastrophic Storms!

January 31, 2015 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms.


Heavy Rain Threatens More Flooding in Indonesia and Malaysia – 77 mm Rain in Kuching



WMO say that 77.4 mm of rain fell in the last 24 hours in Kuching in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. Over 180 mm of rain fell in Timika, Indonesia.

Malaysia

Parts of Saraka and neighbouring state Sabah have been experiencing flooding for the last 2 weeks. One person died as a result of the floods, and at one point around 7,000 people were forced from their homes. Almost all have since returned, but the recent heavy rainfall could mean further large-scale evacuations.

Bernama are already reporting that at least 20 people have been evacuated in the Baram district in the Miri division as a precaution. Levels of the Baram and Bakong Rivers threatened to overflow when authorities decided to evacuate the 4 families.

Indonesia
Parts of Indonesia have also seen heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours, increasing the threat of further flooding.

Papua, East and West Java and Sulawesi have all seen increased levels of rainfall. Surabaya in East Java had 113.1 mm of rain in 24 hours 28 to 29 January 2015. In South Sulawesi, 107.1 mm of rain fell in Makassar during the same period. In Timika, Papua, 183 mm fell between 29 and 30 January 2015.

No flooding has as yet been reported in the areas of Indonesia. One person died in floods last week in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Jakarta also saw some flooding last week.


Indonesia – 1 dead, 1 Missing after Flash Floods in West Sumatra

Jakarta floods. Photo: BNPD

Flash floods in the province of West Sumatra have affected 21 villages in 5 districts, according to the Indonesian disaster management agency, BNPD.

Heavy rainfall triggered the flash floods in Pesisir Selatan Regency, Indonesia, during the evening of 23 January 2015. The floods forced 7,836 people to evacuate their homes. The flooding has since started to recede and the evacuees have been able to return. However the floods have severely damaged 2,600 homes in the area, as well as 2 schools, roads and several bridges. Over 200 hectares of agricultural land has also been damaged by the flooding.

Two people were swept away in the floods. The body of one victim has been found. The other victim remains missing and searches are being carried out by BNPD personnel.

Jakarta Floods
Meanwhile the country’s capital, Jakarta, is experiencing prolonged heavy rainfall and an increased threat of flooding.

Some areas of the city are already seeing flood water of around 30 cm deep. BNDP said that flooding has been reported in as many as 25 points in North Jakarta, and several other areas across the rest of the city. BNDP point out that river levels are currently safe and now rivers have been reported as overflowing.




Coastal Flooding in Massachusetts after Winter Storm Juno Hits

Winter storm Juno hit the eastern US states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine with 75 mph winds and 30 inches of snow. Snowfall amounts, travel bans and power outages have all been well reported in US media.

The storm also brought flooding to some coastal areas, with the coastal areas of Massachusetts worst hit. Areas along the eastern Massachusetts coast, south of Boston, including north and northeast facing shorelines of Cape Cod and Nantucket faced some of the highest waves and storm surges. NWS warned that floods could reach 3 feet high in places.


Flooded ares of Scituate, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts guardsmen were called to duty to support local and state agencies during the Winter Storm Juno
response. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Don Veitch, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/Released)

Flooded ares of Scituate, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts guardsmen were called to duty to support local and state agencies during the Winter Storm Juno
response. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Don Veitch, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/Released)
Photo: Massachusetts National Guard

Soldiers of the Massachusetts Army National Guard augment local public servants and provide evacuation assistance to stranded residents.
U.S. Army National Guard photo


There have been reports of damage to property and roads as well as beach erosion caused by the storm surge. Severe flooding has been reported in Scituate and Marshfield, where at least two houses have been damaged so severely they have already been condemned by South Shore officials, who are currently evaluating more damage homes in the area according to local media.

WATCH: Water breaches sea wall, floods Massachusetts neighborhood.






Also in Marshfield, high tides and strong waves washed away an 80-foot section of seawall, according to the Marshfield Fire Department.

A coastal flood warning remains in effect for the shoreline of Massachusetts. The situation could be complicated by the new tides and storm surges combining with trapped water from prior high tides.


Floods Displace 3,000 in San Martín, Northern Peru


According to Peru’s Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), around 3,000 people from 690 families have been forced from their homes after several days of heavy rain caused flooding in areas of San Martin region, northern Peru. Peru’s central government has since declared a state of emergency in the region.


Overflowing river Huallaga, San Martin, Peru. Photo: Government of San Martin, Peru

Flood damage in San Martin, Peru, January 2015. Photo: Government of San Martin, Peru





The heavy rain caused the Huallaga and Huayabamba rivers to overflow, inundating around 3,000 hectares of farmland, as well as causing damage to homes and property.

The rain has been falling for several days. The Regional Government of San Martin, in co-ordination with INDECI, have been helping shore up flood defences and distribute relief supplies, including tents, sandbags, blankets and food rations since 20 January. However, distribution of supplies has been hampered by the floods, which have damaged or blocked roads in the region.


WATCH: Water breaches sea wall, floods Massachusetts neighborhood.





The San Martin region was affected by floods in late December 2014
when 2 people died.


5 Rescued after Massive Ice Jam Causes Floods in Nebraska


A one-mile long ice jam is moving down the Platte River in Nebraska has caused flooding near Two Rivers State Park, about 30 miles west of Omaha.

Authorities have rescued five people and pets from the floods and ice. Three of the victims are thought to have been in their vehicle when it became trapped in flood waters. Around 20 residents have evacuated the area.


The National Weather Service in Omaha said:

Ice jam flooding along the Platte River in southwestern Douglas, western Sarpy county, and eastern Saunders counties. Warning in effect.
They predict that jam will move towards the South Bend area, just west of Louisville.

@NWSOmaha

The ice flow on the Platte River may be approaching the South Bend area now, river levels there jumping rapidly now.

1:41 PM - 27 Jan 2015
@NWSOmaha

River levels have jumped 1.5 feet within the last hour at Ashland on the Platte River. Heads up, ice flows may be moving through that area.

12:22 PM - 27 Jan 2015
Flood Advisory

In their flood advisory issued by the National weather service for Omaha/Valley Nebraska, NWS warned of further flooding should the ice jam break.
The Flood advisory for an ice jam remains in effect until 4:30 pm CST Thursday for north-eastern Cass and southern Sarpy counties.

At 10:04 pm CST Law Enforcement and emergency management reported an ice jam causing minor flooding along the Platte river between Highway 92 and Ashland. If the ice jam breaks flooding could extend downstream of the ice jam. Persons along the river should be prepared for the potential for rapid river rises through Thursday.

Additional information will likely be obtained once daylight arrives.

Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Plattsmouth
Louisville
Cedar Creek
South Bend
Mahoney State Park
Platte River State Park
Louisville state recreation area and Schramm park state recreation area.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.

- Floodlist.




DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

January 31, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.


Stunning rare duck from the Arctic seen in Aberdeen, UK



A stunning rare bird, hailing from the Arctic, has been spotted in Aberdeenshire.

The beautiful drake King Eider was found off St Combs in Aberdeenshire, on Wednesday.

Described as one of North America's most spectacular species, the King Eider forms large flocks during spring migration, sometimes exceeding 10,000 individuals, however, this duck appears to have been split from the flock.

Elsewhere a Ridgway's Cackling Goose was spotted at Castle Kennedy near Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway.

The rare goose is native to North America. It breeds in northern Canada and Alaska in a variety of tundra habitats. - CFZ.


Sick sea lions wash ashore at alarming rate, California



The Pacific Marine Mammal Center will release a recently nursed-back-to-health sea lion back into the ocean at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach Tuesday.

The center usually doesn't see any ill sea lions washing ashore this time of the year, but already more than two dozen have needed treatment by the only licensed agency in the county.

At most, two or three might end up on the beach and need a rescue, but the center has taken in 28 this month while 13 sea lion pups washed ashore in December, Executive Director Keith Matassa said.

Further alarming the center's experts is an influx of varying species, Matassa added.

"The difference this year is we're also seeing different species we don't normally see down here," Matassa said.

For instance, there have been sightings of fur seals who are usually seen further north, Matassa said.


The center's officials are also concerned that adult sea lions are washing up ashore ill -- usually it's only the young who require rescues, Matassa said.

In 2013, a record-setting year, the problem of sea lions coming ashore was limited mostly to Southern California, but now the entire coast is being affected, Matassa said.

One theory is that the fish the sea lions feed on have moved due to changing currents and temperatures. Sea lion mothers are "working double time to produce milk to nurse pups... and the milk's not as nutritious," Matassa said.

Most experts pin the problem on climate change affecting the habitat, creating a domino effect of problems, Matassa said.

Research has shown radiation from the meltdown of a nuclear power plant in Japan did not pose any issues for the sea lions, Matassa added.

The experts have also ruled out any diseases plaguing the sea lions, Matassa said.

"There just isn't one smoking gun," he said.

The influx of sick sea lions has put a heavy burden on the center, which doesn't usually have to start ramping up services until the spring, Matassa said. The center expects it could be just as bad as 2013 because it's an El Nino year, he added.

"This is even busier now than it was in 2013," Matassa said. "All of this is putting a strain on our budget because we're 100 percent donor funded."

The center will receive a $10,000 donation Tuesday from a restaurant group -- The Deck on Laguna Beach, the Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel and Driftwood Kitchen. - Patch.


Rare Sierra Nevada red fox spotted for the first time since 1916

The elusive and rare Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century, park officials said yesterday (Jan. 28).

Camera traps caught the sleek animal in a remote northern corner of the park on Dec. 13, 2014, and again on Jan. 4 of this year. The cameras were set up by wildlife biologists hoping to spot the red fox and the Pacific fisher, Yosemite National Park's rarest mammals. The ongoing study is funded by the Yosemite Conservancy.

There hasn't been a verified sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox inside Yosemite National Park since 1916, said Ben Sacks, director of the University of California, Davis Veterinary School's Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit. That year, two animals were killed in Yosemite's Big Meadows, northeast of El Portal, for the University of California, Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

"It's likely that the Sierra Nevada red fox has been in the backcountry of Yosemite in the last century, but they are rare enough and secretive enough that they haven't been encountered by anyone who has been able to document them," Sacks told Live Science.

Until recently, only a handful of Sierra Nevada red foxes were thought to still exist in the wild, in a remnant population near Lassen Volcanic National Park in northeastern California. The subspecies, which is genetically distinct from other red foxes, once ranged more widely, across the snowy high mountains from Oregon to California.

Fewer than 50 of the animals may still exist in the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce this year whether the fox will be protected under the Endangered Species Act.


A rare photo of a Sierra Nevada red fox, snapped by a remote camera trap in Yosemite National Park. © National Park Service



No one knows for certain why there are so few Sierra Nevada red foxes, said Cate Quinn, an ecology graduate student at UC Davis who is studying their decline. "There is a lot of speculation about the causes, but there is no evidence supporting one or the other right now," she told Live Science. The most popular theories include loss of prey, competition from coyotes, genetic inbreeding and loss of habitat, Quinn said. Biologists think the historical population was always relatively small.

In 2010, the U.S. Forest Service discovered another small group of foxes living near Sonora Pass, north of Yosemite National Park, Sacks said. Before that discovery, the last verified sighting near Yosemite was on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, near Tioga Pass, he said.

"We are thrilled to hear about the sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra Nevada," Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park superintendent, said in a statement.

Sacks records red fox sightings online, and hopes the Yosemite news will encourage park visitors to dig through their vacation photos for images of the mysterious mammal. "There could be backpackers who have personal photos from the 1980s or 1990s," Sacks said. "Someone who has them might not have realized they were important enough to share."

Here's what to look for:
  • The Sierra Nevada red fox is smaller than red foxes that live at lower elevations, with larger, hairier feet for padding through snow.
  • Sierra Nevada red fox fur ranges in color from very red to black, but the fur behind its ears is always black. Coyotes and other fox species don't have this black fur behind the ears, Sacks said.
  • Red foxes have black fur on their legs, and coyotes don't.
  • Red foxes have big, fluffy, white-tipped tails. Coyotes can also have white-tipped tails, but relative to body size, a coyote tail is smaller than a Sierra Nevada red fox tail. "On a fox, the tail is almost as long as the body," Sacks said. "If a coyote is standing straight up, its tail might barely touch the ground, but a fox tail would be buried in the ground.
- Live Science.


Wild boar attacks man outside nursery in Umbria, Italy

© Prinke


A man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a wild boar outside a nursery in Umbria.

The 54-year-old was attacked after dropping his grandson off at the nursery in Arrone, a town near Terni, Il Messaggero reported.

Forestry workers are now hunting for the boar, which fled the scene. The nursery is close to a green area along the Nera river.

The wild boar population in Italy has grown in recent years alongside a rise in demand for their luxury meat, which can be found in many butcher's shops.

Hunting for boar is also a popular pastime, and although there have been a number of cases of hunters being attacked, it is rare to hear of random attacks against other members of the public.

There was a spate in 2013 when the animals ransacked gardens and parks in the northern city of Genoa and in one case, ate a pensioner's dog.


Most deaths associated with boar-hunting, however, are caused by hunters accidentally shooting another person.

In 2010, Giuseppe Orlando della Gherardesca, an heir to one of Italy's oldest aristocratic families, was killed in such an incident. - The Local.


Tusker kills man in Nayagram, India



At Nayagram's Chunapara area, one person was killed by a wild elephant. The person, according to the locals, went into the nearby forest for some work. It is then a wild tusker came out of the woods and attacked him. Although he tried his best to rescue himself from the elephant, the tusker got the better of him at the end and killed him. The forest officers have already reached the spot of the mishap.  - Kolkata.


Wrong time, wrong place: Purple gallinule bird found in Weston, Massachusetts

A purple gallinule, a common marsh bird of Florida, made a wrong landing in Weston last week. Unable to withstand the cold temperatures and find food, its final resting place turned out to be 80-Acre Conservation Area near Hobbs Pond.

On Jan. 19, dog walker Susie Duff discovered the bird when her two dogs stopped to examine something about 20 feet off a trail. When she approached, she observed an "odd bird" sitting motionless, but alive on the ground.

Conservation Agent Michele Grzenda received the email on Monday night.

"Being an avid bird watcher, I'm always intrigued when I receive a mystery bird inquiry," Grzenda said. "Fortunately Susie was able to take a couple of pictures and attach them to the email she sent me. I took one look at the photo and quickly emailed back, 'Wow! Susie, you have to take me to that bird first thing tomorrow.' I suspected the bird would not last the night, since it was so approachable and far away from its normal habitat."

Grzenda called upon the assistance of bird watching friend Michael Poppone of Weston to help with the recovery efforts the next morning. Fortunately, Grzenda remembered precisely where she saw the bird the day before.
A purple gallinule was found near the 80-Acre Conservation Area near Hobbs Pond



As expected, the purple gallinule had succumbed to the elements overnight and perished. Knowing what a rare find in Massachusetts it was, Grzenda retrieved the bird and contacted the Massachusetts Audubon Society, who then put her in touch with Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (HMCZ).

"The HMCZ ornithologist was very interested in the specimen," she said.

According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website, purple gallinules are known to travel long distances, with records from as far north as Iceland, and as far south as South Georgia Island. This species is adapted to respond to ephemeral marsh habitats, and with the machinery to travel long distances, individuals sometimes land in Massachusetts.

But this was the first sighting of this species in Weston. "It was a fantastic find - one I will never forget!" said Grzenda. - Metro West Daily News.


Hundreds of dead fish found along the Ngaso river in Indonesia

Hundreds of fish in the river Ngaso, Monday (26/1) again found dead. The fish died allegedly due to contaminated waste from palm oil mill company (MCC), which is connected with the headwaters of the Rokan River.

Riau watchlist Post on Monday (26/1) afternoon at the river flow Ngaso, hundreds of dead fish appear and even there are still floundering. On the one hand, the color of the river water also looked visibly turbid water also black and pungent smell.

Riau Pos information summarized in the field, the fish began to die since the early dawn when people perform activities of bathing, washing and toilet (MCK).

'This morning when we were going to the river, we saw a lot of dead fish. When seen the condition of water colors, looks cloudy and foul smelling. And just last week, also fish in the river was found dead, 'said Anton, a resident of the village of East Ujungbatu District of Ujungbatu to Riau Pos.

According to Anton along with a number of residents who live on the banks of the River Ngaso, dead fish are thought to be caused by toxins or waste. 'Strong suspicion that we are invisible when fish die due to waste MCC. However we can not be sure where the origin of the waste, because there are two MCC that are in the river upstream Ngaso, 'he said.

He hopes the government or related agencies in order to take decisive action. Therefore, this incident has been repeatedly and even in the case twice a week pollution. 'We ask BLH transparently convey the results of laboratory last week. Because if not, then the fish habitat in the river Ngaso will run out completely, 'he explained.

PR PT Rohul Oil Industry (RSI), Syahrial when confirmed Riau Pos, claimed to be ready to be checked into the company's waste pond. 'We are ready to be investigated or examined BLH related events. Therefore, in addition has made land application of PT RSI also has a standard waste disposal pond, "he said.

While PR PT Lubuk Treasurer Palma Industry (LBPI), A Naingolan when met with the community Riau Pos while watching the river Ngaso, Monday (26/1), denied that his company has done pollution or waste disposal. 'The disposal of waste we are ready for review, because we already have 8 pools and in the near future plans to do a land application, "he said.

Head of the Environment Agency (BLH) Rokan Hulu, Riau Hen Post Irfan when confirmed via cell phone, Monday (26/1), said members (BLH) has dropped to monitor directly related to the River Ngaso the dead fish. 'From the facts on the ground, we are able to and can be verified and we will create a warning letter to the company,' he explained.

According to Irfan Hen of the facts found it, the waste comes from PT LBPI. 'The fish was dead positive because the waste of MCC and was based on the initial facts. We already write to the company and ask them to do a recovery, "he said.

While on laboratory results related events Ngaso dead fish in the river last week, according to Ifran Hen no results because it has not come out of the Labor Pekanbaru. 

When reconfirmed to PR PT LBPI A Nainggolan admitted until now it has not received any notification from the Environmental Agency stating that the company responsible for the pollution of the river.  - Riaupos. [Translated]


450 Turkeys dead, 8,000 culled due to bird flu in Kollam, India

With the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Bhopal-based High Security Animal Diseases Laboratory confirming that avian flu of the H5N1 strain caused the deaths of over 450 turkeys housed in a cage at the Government Turkey Farm here last week, more than 8,000 turkeys that remained at the farm were culled on Monday as a preventive measure.

Since the culled birds were buried inside the farm complex, the farm will have to be kept closed for at least four months after being fumigated. Farm authorities said the fumigation was being carried out using a sodium hypochlorite solution. The complex was also being sprayed with lime-based disinfectants.

The farm has been hit by bird flu at a time when it had stocked the highest number of turkeys since its inception. It also had the reputation of being the biggest turkey farm in south Asia.

Rs.20-lakh loss

The farm will remain banned for visitors for four months. The loss to the farm as per preliminary estimates is Rs.20 lakh.

On Tuesday, poultry numbering over 700 in individual houses in an area of 1 sq km around the farm was also culled. The poultry comprised chicken, ducks, and turkey. There was resistance from the owners when Animal Husbandry Department personnel, along with officials of the Health Department, arrived at the houses with police protection to carry out the culling.

Compensation paid

The people said no incidents of bird flu had been reported outside the farm. They insisted that all their birds were healthy. The officials had a hard time convincing them about the threat in the wake of bird flu confirmation at the farm in their neighbourhood.

The poultry owners were paid a compensation of Rs.200 for each bird above two months of age and Rs.100 for each bird below two months. All the culled birds were brought to the farm and buried.

There are allegations that instead of applying the standard chloroform application procedure, the birds were culled by crude methods. Those in the culling team did not deny the allegations.

Ban on poultry sale

District Collector A. Kowsigan has issued orders banning the import and sale of all poultry products in an area of 10 sq km around the farm. It means that the sale of poultry products cannot take place in a good portion of the city. The ban will be in force for one month. - The Hindu