NEW DELHI: Amid a bird flu scare in different parts of the country, 17 more ducks were found dead at Sanjay Lake on Sunday, prompting authorities to declare it an “alert zone”. The move comes a day after DDA closed the water bodycum-park following the death of 10 ducks on the premises. The samples from the dead ducks have been sent for testing to ascertain whether bird flu was the cause of death.
Apart from the ducks, a DDA official said, 91 crows have been found dead in 14 DDA parks in the last few days. “Deaths of 17 more ducks were reported today at Sanjay Lake. A total of 27 ducks have died till now. The park has been declared an alert zone by the rapid response team as per the directions of the animal husbandry department of Delhi government,” he said.
“The rapid response team had visited the lake site on January 9 and 10, and samples were collected for suitable action. Meanwhile… requisite preventive measures are being taken,” he added.
Three other recreational parks in Delhi — Hauz Khas Park, Dwarka Sector 9 Park, Hastsal Park — were also closed on Saturday. While at least 24 crows have been found dead at a district park in south Delhi’s Jasola over the past few days, Hauz Khas Park, Dwarka Sector 9 Park and Hastsal Park have been closed as a precautionary measure, according to officials.