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The Indian army on the warpath with rats

June 5 2006

Indian troops in the states of the north-east of the country is no stranger to struggle with the rebels. But now the attention of the military switched to another enemy - rats. The invasion of rodents caused by a rare flowering of one of the varieties of bamboo.

In the state of Mizoram and parts of Manipur rat population is growing fantastic pace. Hordes of rats destroy crops and eat tons of grain. The population is afraid of hunger and disease. In Mizoram residents cope themselves, but in Churachandpur district in Manipur to help abandoned army.

"Soldiers here quite a lot, because we restrain the rebels - explained Lt. Santana Dev Goswami. - Now that the rats become the number one problem, we turn our attention to them."

According to the military, his subordinates are not only engaged in hunting rats, but also educate rural population on the part of the disinfection and pest control. Established cultivation of aromatic herbs and plants such as ginger or turmeric, which scare away the rats.

The sharp rise in the population of rats due to a certain type of bamboo flowering, happens only once in 50 years. Plants attract rats, and they begin to proliferate. Threatened as a result turns out to be very kind of bamboo, reports BBC .

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