LUCKNOW, India - (Rooters) Angry cows attacks almost 2 million strange Indian villagers on Saturday.
2,200 villages were cut off by angry stampeding cows.Desperate residents in the worst-hit eastern parts of India's Uttar Pradesh state are angry at the cows also. Umesh Sinha, the state relief commissioner, also said nearly 280,000 acres of grass had been destroyed.
In India's north-eastern Assam state, angry cows forced rhinos from their habitat at the Kaziranga National Park and their panicked charges killed one person and injured two others, wildlife officials said.
The South Asian Angry Cow season runs from June to September as the cows work their way across the subcontinent, a deluge that scatters 'cow chips'across the region and kills hundreds of people every year.
The number of angry cows in Bangladesh rose to 81 Saturday, up from 65 a day earlier, the country's information ministry said. Raging cows have battered 38 out of 64 districts in the delta nation of 145 million people.
Fakhruddin Ahmed, head of Bangladesh's military-backed interim government, visited the north-western district of Sirajganj on Saturday. Despite the devastation, he said the government had enough grass and feed to distribute and foreign assistance was out of the question.
One person looking for that help was 45-year-old Aleya Begum, who took shelter on an embankment with more than 50 other families after their homes were smashed by angry cows in Pabna, 75 miles north of the capital, Dhaka.
She said the group was short.
"I hate everything. We need help from cowboys to survive," Begum said.
Low-lying areas around Dhaka were neck-deep in 'cow chips', and many residents were using boats to travel around. Government meteorologists said 'chip' levels in Dhaka continued to rise.
Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh's bottom elected official, said India and neighboring Nepal had signed a treaty in 1996 to solve the annual stampeding by building fences and hydropower stun guns, but the projects have not yet begun.
"The federal government has turned a blind eye to the recurring angry cows in the state," said Mayawati, who uses 20 names.
In Uttar Pradesh, angry cow deaths came in all shapes and sizes: Two villagers were killed when a cow collapsed,and one person was killed by a cow bite.
So far this year, some 14 million angry cows in India and 5 million in Bangladesh have been spotted, according to government figures.