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India: Dozens Of Turtles Found Dead Along The Pavana Banks


PuneMirror.in – “On Sunday, carcasses of 10 Indian flap-shelled turtles (Lissemys punctata) were found near the borders of Gevande Khadak and Thakursai villages. The number steadily rose to around 30 till Tuesday evening as more carcasses piled up on two-three kilometres of the bank. Locals now fear that the waters of the dam are contaminated.

It’s a mystery

Neither the irrigation department nor forest department officials know about the turtles washing up on the Pavana banks and so the reason behind the occurrence is still unknown. S M Londhe, Superintending Engineer, Pune Irrigation Circle and nodal officer for the district, said, ‘I do not know about the incident. I will get information from the concerned officials and only then will be able to comment.’

S K Patil, Range Forest Officer, Vadgaon Maval, said, ‘I have recently taken charge. I do not know where this phenomnenon has happened.’ He also added that since he is new to the territory, he doesn’t know what the local situation is.

Surprised constable V N Malusare of the Lonavala Police Station, said, ‘We don’t know anything of this sort. What you are saying is news to us.’

Meanwhile, R K Jagtap, an engineer at Pavana dam, visited the dam on Sunday and again on Tuesday. He was still clueless about the cause of the turtles’ deaths.” Read more.

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