Kohima: Altogether 204 buffaloes have reportedly died from a bacterial disease called Haemorrhagic Septicaemia in Meluri subdivision under Phek district, where the first case of cattle death was reported on September 4 last.
According to official sources, a Joint Verification Team, led by Assistant Manager of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) Jonji Odyuo with Dr Shipatu Thupitor, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon, Meluri; C Tsalimse Sangtam, Extra Assistant Commissioner, Lephori; David Thupitor, Nodal Officer, DDMA-Phek; and Kati Jamir, Consultant, NSDMA as members, went for an ‘on-the-spot assessment’ of bovine deaths at Kanjang, Reguri and Akhen villages under Meluri sub-division from October 7 till Saturday and stated that medical reports suggested the cause of death as Haemorrhagic Septicemia that mainly affects cattle and water buffaloes.
As per the assessment, there had been 204 total confirmed deaths at the time of reporting, 112 buffaloes from Reguri village, 82 from Kanjang village and 10 from Akhen village, while several buffaloes were still reportedly missing.
The Medical reports undertaken in this regard suggest that the cause of death is Haemorrhagic Septicemia, a bacterial disease that mainly affects cattle and water buffaloes, adding that the casualties have been increasing on a daily basis and is still counting.
The team also informed that a total of 106 farmers families from Reguri, Kanjang, and Akhen villages have been affected by the calamity. As per the release, the team conducted interactive sessions with members of each village, thereby ascertaining the on-ground grievances faced by the villagers. The unexpected calamity has left the families of these villages in huge economic distress as they are highly dependent on the animals not only for consumption but also for agricultural purposes, it added.