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Heavy rain kills 700 cows in Rajasthan’s Jalore

Over 700 cows died in Jalore district after it rained for 3-4 days because of which the cows became extremely weak and sat down on the ground.

jaipur Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:40 IST
Salik Ahmad
Some of the cows at the shelter in Rajasthan's Jalore. (HT Photo)
Some of the cows at the shelter in Rajasthan's Jalore. (HT Photo)

Incessant rain in Rajasthan have claimed the lives of over 700 cows in Jalore district.

Govind Ballabh, the conservator of one of the gaushalas, said the 18 shelters have about 39,000 cows and calves. The main shelter in Pathmeda village is said to be one of the biggest in the country with some 10,500 cows.

Last July, more than 500 cows had died in two weeks at Jaipur’s Hingonia gaushala.

“It rained for 3-4 days because of which the cows became extremely weak and sat down on the ground. In such cases, they can’t get up on their own and have to be lifted up and tended to. Their fodder had also gone bad because of the rain,” the conservator said. Most cows died because of weakness and starvation, he added.

Another 3,300 cows and calves are injured and rescue and treatment work is being carried out by the shelter officials, he said. Nearly 30 cows had been swept away when a dam in Panchla had broken banks, while an equal number died after sinking into the slush, he said.

“When we got the news of the dam breaking, we moved the cows to a higher ground but the nature of the cow is such that it always goes back to its barn,” he said. District collector Laxmi Narayan Sharma claimed that sufficient medication and veterinarians had been deployed for the cows.