Mysterious Disease Kills 1000 Cattle in Lofa

first_imgA mysterious animal disease has allegedly killed 1000 goats and sheep in three small towns and villages of Voinjama and Quardu-Gboni districts in Lofa County.The incident occurred in villages in Kugbomai, Kuluka and Marvin Konnedu.Residents told the Daily Observer that pest control and other insects killing chemicals have been used in the affected areas, but it could not be confirmed if the strange deaths of cattle have any connection.The deaths of the domestic animals hit the consuming public in Voinjama, Kolahun, Foya, Zorzor, Salayea and Vahun districts with reports indicating fear among cattle owners. In separate interviews with butchery operators in Voinjama City, they expressed concern and called on the Ministry of Agriculture’s Lofa Coordination office to institute measures in order to restrict the sale and movement to identify the cause of the mass deaths of cattle.Butchery Proprietor Mohammed B. Sow said “I’m really worried and afraid over the deaths of our domestic animals in our areas and want government’s agriculture and hospital people to do something quickly about this,” Mr. Sow stressed.He explained that the cow, sheep and goats largely depend on the green grass to graze everyday and anything that affects the grass will in turn affects the animals in almost all of the towns and villages.When contacted, Ministry of Agriculture Senior Agriculture Extension Officer J. Borley Dovee, warned against spreading news that the cause of deaths could be chemicals used against the Ebola virus.He assured butchery proprietors and the consuming public that efforts will be put in place to curb the spread of the mysterious disease.Mr. Dovee explained that measures include, restrictions on the movement of domestic animals in and outside of the county and decontamination of the affected areas.Medical personnel assigned at the Telewoyan Memorial Hospital in Voinjama declined comment and noted that they are monitoring the situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weekend weather causes small power outages

first_imgThe weekend weather also played a part in a series of local area power outages, although BC Hydro indicates in each of them, the number of impacted customers was less than ten.The longest outage, blamed on adverse weather, was in an area North of Hudson’s Hope and it began about 4pm Friday afternoon.Hydro’s last update, late yesterday afternoon, indicated power would be restored early this morning, to rural customers along both sides of Highway 29.- Advertisement -Another outage, Hydro said was due to a tree down across power lines, was reported from about 9:15 Saturday morning to 6pm last night on the South Moberly road.There were two disruptions, from roughly from 7pm to to 11pm last night in Dawson Creek and Rolla…and at least one of those was again due to a tree down across Hydro wires.Finally, a lightning strike was given as the cause of an outage north of Fort St. John, from just before 5.30 yesterday afternoon to about 8.30 last night, in the Wonowon area.Advertisementlast_img read more