Why are Sheep dying in Kashmir?

Climate change Killing livestock in Kashmir| Naveed Ul Haq At least 70 livestock which include sheep, goat and some cows were killed due heavy rains and untimely snowfall in Kashmir.

During summers shepherd families go to graze their livestock in the high altitude areas of Budgam. This is their yearly ritual.

In the month of June in Jammu and Kashmir, Shepherds take their sheep and cows to the high altitude areas. Most of these nomads are from the Gujar and Bakarwal tribes of Kashmir. There is good grass in the meadows in the month of June, before the onset of monsoon these shepherds go upstairs with their sheep. But due to climate change the weather is getting worse. It is snowing in Kashmir without season, due to which these sheep are dying. Some sheep also died due to unavailability of fodder.

The lives of Gujars and Bakarwals tribes depend only on rearing sheep. In such a situation, climate change is taking away their livelihood. They are suffering the most due to extended winter, early snowfall and extreme heat.

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Climate change Killing livestock in Kashmir: What exactly happened?

“14 sheep killed due to cloudburst at Dourien, 8 killed at Ladermad as a pine tree fell on them, some were killed due to hypothermia and some were killed due to non availability of feed. hey have advised shepherds in all 12 highland altitude points in district Budgam to return till weather improves. “Primary reports said that out of 2.5 lakh sheep, 66 died due to bad weather for the past few days,”

Mohammad Ashraf District sheep officer Budgam

Cattle herders at Diskhal, Hamkhal, Daandeer, Frasnaag, Meachi khanen, Dragtolan, Bargah, Chidak, Tosamaidan have lost livestock due to untimely snowfall while urging the government for relief to the affected families.

Chief advisor for J&K Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Welfare Conference

Similarly reports said that several nomadic families living on the upper reaches and banks of the river in Kulgam have lost their livestock due to continuous rainfall.

Tehsildar Kulgam & the team visited various locations to shift the nomads to safer places as per the directions of DC Kulgam Bilal Bhat, Relief-Blankets/Food items provided. Relief cases being prepared for the loss of livestock/property.”

District Magistrate Shopian said, “The rescue team deployed by District Administration Shopian assessing the ground situation at Upper Dubjan tattapani.”

In Ganderbal, administration has deputed officials to review /check situation at Dourinar, Vishensar, Gadsar, loundisulban, Sonamarg, Ganderbal, Mahlish, Kulan Gumri, Mengandob, Salnai and Jawdara however no loss of any livestock or human life has been reported from district.

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