6500 animals died in snowy Changthang in Ladakh
Filed Under: Media & Tech, World | Posted: 02/27/2013 at 5:10AM
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Leh,February 27 (Scoop News) -In order to assess the damage and livestock mortality in Changthang region due to recent heavy snowfall and the rescue and relief measures so far taken by the LAHDC, Leh and what needed to be done to save the remaining livestocks, CEC , Rigzin Spalbar during his weeklong extensive tour visited all affected areas including the worst hit Tegazong nomadic settlement where 6500 animals died mainly due to extreme cold and starvation, official spokesman said today.
Official spokesman said that that Tegazong area has been thrown open for vehicle yesterday after remaining cut off with rest of the world for 25 days in the wake of heavy snowfall. The entire pastures of Tegazong and Chumoor areas at present under the thick layer of 2 to 3 feet of snow causing extreme starvation to the domestic as well as wildlife animals and it is likely to take at least one month to melt the snow over the pastureland. In the meantime, Dr. Morup, District Sheep Husbandry Officer Leh said that total livestock mortality in entire Changthang region has raisin to 20,000 as on this date. He said that under a Centrally sponsored programme IWIDP-SWIP and PDP, a total of 9465 qtls of cattle feed, 2500 qtls of Barley and 100 trucks of fodder have been distributed as Nutrient supplement for the livestock of nomads before the winter.
He was accompanied by Executive Councilor, Gyurmet Dorjey and district officials headed by
As per the official record, Changthang has 2,50,000 livestock population including the world famous Changra goat, which produces world’s finest Pashmina fibre – the soft undercoat hair of these animals used to make famous Pashmina (
He urged the nomads to maintain the traditional lifestyle, which has been time tested and extremely productive in rearing livestock in such harsh conditions. He said, LAHDC is determined to extend full support in this regard through concrete projects that would in the long run ensure that every family earns about 8 to 10 lac rupees per annum.
Expressing his deep sorrow over the tragic loss of livestock, he said, the matter has already been taken up with the State Govt. for further relief and hoped that the Council with the help of State Govt. would be able to dispatch more relief. The nomads also praised the timely action and efforts of LAHDC by providing them with feed and fodder stocks much in advance that considerably controlled the mortality rate and prevented much greater loss to them. CEC has apprised the nomads about various Govt. welfare schemes that nomads could benefit from, and he promised about getting these schemes to the doorsteps of every nomadic tent.
The Executive Councilor Sheep & Animal Husbandry, Gyurmet Dorjey who is also the Area Councilor spoke to the nomads highlighting the LAHDC’s rescue and relief measures so far taken and what is going to be done. He extended gratitude to the Ministry of Textile and Central Wool Development Board, Jhodpure Rajasthan for generous financial support to LAHDC Leh that has considerably helped in providing nutrient supplements forf five winter months to the animals which proven a boon in controlling the mortality. At the same time, he strongly felt the need of further supply of fodder in nomad areas of Changthang to save their animals.