“Rats were most common in the modern newly built areas of Hanoi.” How was the rat hunt started in Hanoi?
CBSE Class 10
CBSE Class 10 Social
2018-03-03 11:01:42 UTC
To get rid of rats, a ‘Rat Hunt’ was started in 1902.
The French hired Vietnamese workers and paid them for each rat they caught.
Rats began to be caught in thousands but still there seemed to be no end.
Those who did the dirty work of entering sewers found that if they came together, they could get more money.
The bounty was paid when a tail was given as a proof that a rat had been killed.
So the rat catchers took to just clipping the tails and releasing the rats, so that the process could be repeated over and over again.
Ultimately, the French were forced to stop the bounty programme.
Besides this arrangement, the plague swept through the area.