Lightning strike suspected of killing 18 elephants in India


At least 18 elephants are believed to have been killed by lightning in India.

Locals in northeastern Assam state found the dead animals, including five calves, on Thursday in the foothills of the Kundoli forest reserve in Nagaon district.

The carcasses have been sent for post-mortem examinations, said forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya, but preliminary investigations suggest lightning was the cause.

“This is a very sad incident, such incident has never occurred in the forests of Assam,” he added.

“Today in the afternoon during rainfall, a thunderstorm occurred and it was so intense that 18 elephants died in the forest.”

A forest ranger said he had seen burnt trees in the area.

India is home to more than 50% of Asiatic elephants.

More on India

However, their population has declined due to factors such as poaching and habitat loss.

Assam is home to an estimated 6,000 or more wild Asiatic elephants who venture in and out of the forests in search of food.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Amazon plans two Prime shopping events this year, with second one in Q4
Britney Spears’ ex-husband to go to trial after ‘crashing’ her wedding
KPMG chief takes swipe at rival EY’s $80bn break-up plan
Apple responds to Roe v. Wade rollback, company benefits cover out-of-state travel for reproductive care
Boris Johnson confident of winning second term as PM – and eyeing up third

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.