Over 300 Himalayan Yaks Die Starving In Sikkim After Heavy Snowfall

A series of harsh climate seasons left 300 Himalayan yaks dead in the land locked state of Sikkim. Government officials said that the yaks died due to starvation in the intense cold weather.

Plenty of  animals were stuck in the cold desert region of North Sikkim, following heavy snowfalls in Munguthang and Tso Lhamu regions which are a grazing ground for the yaks.

The district administration made attempts to airdrop relief material such as grass, maize plants, flour, salt and oil but attempts were unsuccessful. It was only after the snow melted that the deaths of the yaks came to light, officials said.

A disaster management team surveying the area to secure the carcasses before they become a fodder for wild dogs in the region. The past winter North Sikkim recorded 10 feet of snow.

About 250 dead yaks were found in Mukuthang region, and 50 yak carcasses were found in Yumthang. The animal husbandry department’s medical team is also in Mukuthang. The team carried fodder for the yaks which are still alive, and also the yaks that survived the harsh weather will also be examined by the medical team.

The affected families who lost their cattle due to severe weather will get compensations on basis of a report that is being prepared by the district administration and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

The last time so many yaks died was in 1994-95,  when the region received heavy snowfall wiping out an entire herd.

Source : Various