After the carcasses of around 500 migrating birds were found at the famed Sukh Sagar lake in southern Tripura's Gomati district, forest and wildlife authorities started their investigation and inspection for the second day on Friday, senior officials said.
Dvijendra Kumar Sharma, Tripura's Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, stated that officials have been collecting information and samples of dead birds since Thursday in order to figure out why they died. "Officials are looking into all possible causes of the migrating birds' deaths. We are also sending samples of the deceased birds to laboratories in order to identify the reason of their deaths "Sharma said.
Thousands of migratory birds from all over the country and the world flock to Sukh Sagar and other lakes and water bodies in Tripura every year during the winter season. This year was no exception, with the winged visitors flocking to the State.
Though investigators have yet to determine the cause of the birds' deaths, locals believe they may have perished as a result of pesticides applied in surrounding rice fields.
Locals said that thousands of migrating birds visit Sukh Sagar each year, but they had never seen anything like this, when a big number of migratory birds were found dead all at once.
Over a thousand migratory birds are thought to have died in the lake, according to the researchers. After a preliminary examination, Sub-Divisional Forest Officer Kamal Bhowmik said the migrating birds' remains had been transferred to Agartala for post-mortem. The carcasses were found scattered around the large Sukh Sagar lake, according to officials, and it was difficult to offer an accurate count of the deceased birds.
According to the officials, poachers may have poisoned the water body with chemicals, and migrating birds from other countries may have died after drinking the water of the century-old lake.