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215 more migratory birds found dead in Himachal’s Pong Dam lake sanctuary

A total of 215 more migratory birds were found dead in the Pong Dam Lake wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, taking the total number of migratory water birds suspected to have died of bird flu to 4,235, wildlife officials said.

Each day since December 29, hundreds of migratory birds have been found dead in the lake area, and samples of some of the dead birds had tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza on Monday.

Chief Wildlife Warden Archana Sharma said that a joint team of animal husbandry officials from the Center and state visited Siyal in Dhameta wildlife range and Guglara in Nagrota Surian range in the sanctuary on Sunday to assess the situation foreign media reported.

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