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Indian Authorities Worry That Bird Flu Outbreak Will Hit Kolkata


Authorities in eastern India are continuing efforts to prevent an outbreak of bird flu from reaching one of the country's largest cities, Kolkata.


The virus has spread to nine of 19 districts in the eastern state of West Bengal. Authorities say villagers are resisting the destruction of birds because there have been delays in granting compensation.

West Bengal officials says at least two million birds have been targeted for destruction. Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar says the bird kill needs to be hastened.

Local officials acknowledge they are falling behind in attempts to slaughter the affected birds, and have appealed to other states for help.

Bird flu was first detected in the Birbhum District of West Bengal last week. Since then, more than 400-thousand birds have been killed.

Gautam Gupta has more on the story.

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