(ORDO NEWS) — Approximately 1,700 birds, mainly mountain geese, are found dead near Pong Dam Lake in the Kangra district of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Regional authorities have decided to completely close access to the lake and stop tourism in the area as a precaution against a possible outbreak of avian flu, NDTV reported on Tuesday.
According to him, the Kangra County District Magistrate has ordered that no people or livestock come closer than 1 km to the lake until further notice. The authorities sent a special group to the lake area to clarify the circumstances of the death of the birds.
An observation zone with a radius of 9 km was also created around the reservoir in order to monitor the development of the incident. The county has issued a temporary strict ban on the sale of poultry and fish caught in the lake in a number of areas.
Lake Pong Dam is a reservoir that appeared after the construction of a dam in the area in 1974 to collect water for agricultural purposes. The reservoir was quickly populated by numerous waterfowl, including migratory ones. Now this zone has been declared a nature reserve. It is actively visited by tourists for the purpose of bird watching and photography.
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