Champion rat killer claims his prize

Published on 05 February 2009

A poor farmer from northern Bangladesh was crowned the country's rat killing champion on Thursday with a final score of 39 650 dead rodents after a year-long hunt. Binoy Kumar Karmakar, 40, used traps, poison and flooding to kill his quarry, and collected their tails to prove his success rate and claim a prize from the government. [...] Last year an invasion of rats in Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong hill tracts region wiped out crops and caused a famine in some remote villages. The UN's World Food Programme distributed food aid to 120 000 people for four months after the invasion forced affected tribal people to live on wild roots.

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