Over a month after 50 buffaloes were reported killed by an unknown zoonotic disease, at least 256 water buffaloes have reportedly fallen prey to an unknown disease in Ukhrul distric in a month, Manipur’s Veterinary and Horticulture department has reported.

The incident has left officials puzzled and the departments are yet to sample a report of the carcasses.

The Asiatic water buffalo deaths have been reported by owners of the cattle from various villages, including Wahong, New Tusom, Tusom CV, Tusom Khullen, Kharasom, and Razai Khullen, reported local media.

Despite over a month since the incident, concerned authorities are yet to provide the exact cause of the disease, according to a report. The incident concerns people of the district that is predominantly dependent on agriculture for livelihoods.

Local student leader Joy Horam, President of Northern Raphei Students’ Union (NRSU) called upon the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department to take preventive measures and provide training alongside carrying out various awareness campaigns in villages about domestication of animals.

The authorities have not yet announced any assistance to the families that have incurred heavy losses due to the deaths of these Water Buffaloes. It is noteworthy that each of the Asiatic Water Buffaloes may cost as much as Rs 1 kah.

In October, Northern Raphei Students’ Union had also expressed strong concern over the reported death of around 50 buffaloes of Asiatic breed in New Tusom and Wahong villages, also in Ukhrul district of Manipur.

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