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20000 birds culled in Coochbehar

india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 22:38 IST

About 20,000 birds were culled so far in birdflu-affected areas of Coochbehar district in North Bengal where the drive will continue for two more days due to its slow progress.

"Earlier, it was decided that the operation would be carried on till Wednesday. But, as the target is yet to be fulfilled, the administration extended it for two more days and it would continue till Friday," District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar Sinha said.

About 20,000 birds were culled in villages in Mathabhanga and Dinhata sub-divisions, he said.

The target is to cull 45,000 birds.

At Daribash in Mathabhanga where villagers resisted the culling teams yesterday, the operation went on smoothly this morning, the DM said.

In Dinhata, the time for the drive was changed from today following local demand. The culling is now being held here from afternoon till 10 pm.