More than 300 yaks have starved to death near India’s border with China after being cut-off by record-breaking snowfall. The yaks had been trapped since December after snow buried the region.
Authorities had tried to drop food to the animals by helicopter but were pushed back by poor weather.
Government official Raj Yadav said they found the corpses in the north-east state of Sikkim on Friday.
“The passage was cleared five days ago, after which our team trekked to the area to discover the tragedy,” Mr Yadav said.
Efforts are under way to reach a further 50 yaks still trapped in the region “that need immediate attention”, Mr Yadav said.
Yaks have been in the area for thousands of years, used for their milk and meat but also to transport goods. While the number of annual fatalities is usually 10, this year’s toll marks the highest on record.
Palzer Lachenpa, the pipon (elected headman) of the dzumsa (traditional local government) in Lachen town said, “I fear that the death toll is much higher than the one given to you by the officials.”
Lachenpa added, “The heavy snow has also damaged the roofs of houses, particularly in the Thangu valley.”
The cold times are returning.
The yaks know it.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift