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Heat wave in South Korea kills more than 341,000 poultry

Published on Aug 7, 2012 1:40 PM

(THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A heat wave has killed more than 341,000 chickens and ducks across South Korea since July, an agriculture official said on Monday.

Temperatures have hovered above 33 deg C since July 20 in most parts of the country, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.

The scorching temperatures killed 330,500 chickens and 10,700 ducks as well as 96 pigs across the country between July 20 and Aug 6, said Mr Kim Il Soo, an official of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Last week, a power outage stopped a ventilation system at a farm in Goesan, killing about 10,000 out of 80,000 chickens, according to local officials. Goesan is located about 160km south-east of Seoul.