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Friday, 16 July 2021

Photo: Thousands Of Flamingos Die In Drought



ISTANBUL, July 15 (Reuters) - Thousands of baby flamingos have died at Turkey's Lake Tuz in the past two weeks from a drought that environmentalists said was the result of climate change and agricultural irrigation methods.

Drone footage of the large saline lake in Turkey's central province of Konya showed dead flaminglets lying partially buried in dried mud. Lake Tuz is home to a flamingo colony where up to 10,000 flaminglets are born every year.






Turkish Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Bekir Pakdemirli said around 1,000 birds were thought to have died but denied that agriculture was to blame.

"With less water and increased concentration ratio in the water, we observed deaths of flaminglets that were unable to fly," he said.

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