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Rajasthan government confirms botulism killed thousands of birds at Sambhar Lake in Jaipur

The Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan on Thursday confirmed botulism as the reason behind the deaths of thousands of foreign migratory birds at the Sambhar Lake in Jaipur.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot stated that a report from the government laboratory in Bareilly has confirmed that botulism indeed is the reason behind the death of the migratory birds at the Sambhar Lake.

Earlier, a report from Bikaner had also mentioned botulism as the possible reason behind large-scale deaths of birds at the Sambhar lake, around 60 km away from Jaipur city.

“As per the information that has just arrived from the government laboratory in Bareilly it is botulism that is the cause of the deaths. I have written a letter to Mr. Prakash Javadekar for an investigation into the matter. We would request the secretary of Government of India to come over here,” Ashok Gehlot said in a statement.

“Earlier, scientists had come and have taken samples. That is not going to work. Research needs to be conducted to know what the reasons behind the deaths are and why the problem started in the first place. After knowing all of this only will we be able to ensure that such a situation does not arise in the future again,”, Ashok Gehlot added.

More than 15,000 migratory birds are believed to have died at the world-famous Sambhar Lake in Jaipur.

Several species of migratory birds, during winters every year, making the world-famous lake, their natural habitat.

However, this year, it became a graveyard for several of them who had arrived from thousands of miles away.

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