Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya Declared Containment Zones in View of Pig Deaths
This step has been taken in view of the death of several pigs in these locations of the state.
SHILLONG: The district administration of the Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya has declared a containment zone in four villages of the district. This step has been taken in view of the death of several pigs in these locations of the state.
As per an order passed by the district magistrate of the Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya, the Umsawriang, Madan Nonglakhiat, Mawlyngkhung, and Syllei-U-Lar villages of the Ri Bhoi district of the state. The authorities have suspected swine flu to be the reason for the death of pigs in the region and proper action has been initiated regarding the matter.
The district magistrate, under the recommendations of the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer, enforced the prohibitions under Section 144 of the Cr PC. It is an attempt to contain the illness in the above-named villages and prevent its propagation. Steps have also been taken to trace the keep track of any more animals that might have been infected.
The order also prohibited any form of pig rearing, slaughtering or sale of pig meat in the infected areas till further notices are issued by the competent authorises. Also, all the piggery and farm owners have been ordered to maintain proper hygiene and bio-secured conditions at all times. They also have to restrict the entry of people to the farm premises to prevent any possible contamination or spread of the illness to humans or other animals.
Previously another district of the state had imposed 28-point restrictions and prohibited various activities under section 144 CrPC in Meghalaya’s Eastern West Khasi Hills following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), officials said here on Tuesday.
The officials said that it has been confirmed that there is an ASF outbreak at the government pig farm at Nongkasen in the district. The District Magistrate in a notification said that in order to prevent, control and eradicate the ASF and to prevent the spread of the disease outside the district, the prohibition of various activities and restrictions were imposed in a radius of 10 Km from the epicentre of the disease also known as the infected zone.