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Tough life for cattle, birds as water sources deplete

The Times of India News Service

PALANPUR: With traditional water sources like ponds, wells and vavs depleting fast and greeneries vanishing, cattleheads and birds are finding it hard to survive.

Though summer has just began, shortage of drinking water can be seen everywhere in Palanpur district. According to reports, a large number of animals and birds have died due to non-availability of water and fodder.

Recently, a team of scribes visited villages bordering Rajasthan, Kutch and Pakistan. They found a large number of villagers migrating to other places. Despite tall claims by the state government, condition of western talukas is far from satisfactory.

The district administration has pressed its machinery for relief works on priority basis. A special committee headed by the district collector has been holding meetings every week to review relief operations in the drought-affected areas.

The administration has distributed fodder worth Rs 29.75 lakh. Of 1,243 villages in the district, 661 have been declared drought-affected and semi drought-affected.

Nearly 424 villages under Tharad, Bhabhar, Deodar and Kankrej talukas are dorught-affected and 230 villages under Deodar, Deesa, Bhiladi, Dhanera, Panthawada, Palanpur, Amirgardh, Danta and Vadgam talukas are semi drought-affected.

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