On Friday, 18 wild Asian elephants were found dead in the northeastern state of Assam. On which local officials say that this has happened due to lightning.
local wildlife official MK Yadava says villagers say 14 elephants were found dead on Thursday. When 4 elephants were found scattered in Assam’s horoscope Jangala, which is 160 km from the state capital.
The forest guard arrived in the area on Thursday and found 14 elephants dead on top of a hill and four elephants below it in the reserve in Nagaon district.
Assam’s forest and wildlife minister Parimal Suklabaidya has said that the state government has ordered a high level inquiry over this incident.
Parimal Suklabaidya also said “A preliminary report suggests the deaths could be due to lightning although we need to find out through forensic tests if there could be any other reason like poisoning or disease,”
Local people say that this is due to this lighting strike. A local forest ranger also says this and he has said that some trees were also found burning.
Soumyadeep Datta, from environmental activist group Nature’s Beckon, said that was unlikely, based on social media images.
Datta told AFP news agency, “Poisoning could be behind the 18 death of the elephants,” We have to wait for the autopsy report, which the forest department will do soon.”