Three Britons and a South African were killed when the Diamond Aircraft DA62 they were flying, pictured, crashed three miles south of Dubai Airport. The crew were calibrating navigation equipment in the area. Dubai authorities said they believe a technical malfunction is responsible for the accident.
Over 200 migratory ‘shank’ birds of red and green variety, were found dead in a lake at Gandheli near here in Central Maharashtra even as the animal husbandry department ruled out any symptoms of bird flu in them. A post-mortem report, conducted by the Animal Husbandry department (AHD), has revealed that the birds died of pneumonia, AHD Deputy Commissioner J M Doiphode said adding ”no symptoms of bird flu were found in the migratory birds.” However, samples of their viscera have been sent to the disease investigation section of the state government laboratory at Aundh in Pune and Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, he said.
A sample of live bird is also being sent to the Bhopal laboratory, Mr Doiphode added. The AHD team has also collected water samples to verify the doubts whether the birds died of contaminated water, he said. The birds have been dying for the last few days and the Animal Husbandry department (AHD) team rushed the spot last evening when an alert villager informed them about the deaths, officials said. The officials also said these birds, normally found in the hilly Ladakh region as well as in Europe, mights have died over a period of a week or so.
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Starfish washed up on the beach at Leysdown. Picture: Terry Hanlon (8197746)
Hundreds of starfish have been washed up on a beach.
It is likely they were blown ashore Leysdown by strong winds on Sunday. There have also been exceptionally high spring tides recently.
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Swarms of starfish search the sea for tasty mussel beds but it can sometimes end badly for the ravenous invertebrates.
“It is not unusual for currents to wash large numbers of starfish onto the beach if they get too close to the shore searching for food.
“Once stranded on land, their fate is sealed. They dehydrate and die, as appears to have occurred at Leysdown.
“But starfish are the ladybirds of the sea and breed really quickly.
“Just one starfish can produce millions of larvae, meaning their numbers recover from mass fatalities like the one we’ve seen on Sheppey this week.
“Some of the dead starfish may get picked off by birds but they are not harmful to humans.”
It is not unusual for starfish and other marine animals to end up on the beach.
Last year starfish and dogfish were washed up all along the Kent coast from Sheppey to Ramsgate.
Ten years ago beaches at the eastern end of the Island made headlines when they were totally covered by starfish.
Most of the starfish this time ended up at Warden Bay.
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Thousands of dead fish found in a lake in Manitoba, Canada
China reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu at a farm in northeastern Liaoning province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.
The case occurred on a farm with 24,500 birds but the ministry did not specify if they were chickens or other types of poultry.
The authorities have culled 25,472 bird following the outbreak.
Last week, Liaoning province found a strain of H7N9 bird flu at a zoo.
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