Around 25 buffaloes die in Lucknow after consuming toxic water

While 12 buffaloes are still missing, 15 are being treated. The buffaloes allegedly died after consuming toxic water which was drained by a pesticide factory situated in the Chinhat industrial area in Lucknow

Diti BajpaiDiti Bajpai   31 Aug 2019 8:19 AM GMT

Around 25 buffaloes die in Lucknow after consuming toxic water

Around 25 buffaloes died after consuming toxic water and around 15 are seriously ill. The incident happened in Chinhat industrial area in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on Friday.

The Tara ka Purva village is situated in the Chinhat industrial area and the buffaloes belonged to the villagers living here. The villagers alleged that the buffaloes died after consuming toxic water which was drained by a pesticide factory situated in the industrial area.

The villagers panicked after their buffaloes didn't return in the evening on Friday. The villagers tried calling the toll-free number provided by the Ministry of Animal Husbandry. They alleged that for a very long time, no one picked up. Eventually, when they did, they promised to send a team, but the team arrived only in the evening. The team was sent after the villagers made repeated requests and informed them that all the buffaloes would die if they didn't show up.

The sub-divisional magistrate and a team from the Pollution Control Board arrived by Friday evening. They have taken samples from the canal and are investigating the matter. "We have collected water samples. We would get the results after 10 days," said an official.


The villagers alleged that the industries dump their toxic waste in the river. On the other hand, those running these industries said it's for the first time something like this has happened.

Dr Tej Yadav, a cvo, said: "A team on 10 doctors are treating these buffaloes. We have already treated more than 25 buffaloes. We are providing medicines to all." The authorities have buried the dead buffaloes.

Dr RK Gautam, another veterinarian, added: "We have been treating the ill buffaloes since Friday afternoon. We have treated 54 buffaloes from Tara ka Purva village and 18 from Daya Purva village. Not a single buffalo has died after we started treating them. The team is working in Gosaigunj, Sarojni Nagar and Chinhat block."

Harikesh, who lives in this village, said: "I have lost a chunk of my business. I had 14 buffaloes, seven have died. I used to sell their milk." Many of Harikesh's buffaloes are still missing and he is looking for them.


By 11 am on Friday, the news of buffaloes taking ill spread among villagers and by the evening, many buffaloes had died. Most of the villagers living in Tara ka Purva village sell milk and many have lost their buffaloes.

Sanipal, who lives in the same village, said: "We panicked when the buffaloes didn't return in the evening. We frantically went looking for them." He has three buffaloes; one has died and one is missing. Most of the villagers here have buffaloes and most of them are depended on them for a living.

Saroj Devi, a resident of this village, said: "Seven of my buffaloes have died. It's a big blow for me. One of my buffaloes is seriously ill. Many buffaloes in the village have taken ill."

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