In a tragic incident, a herd of 18 wild elephants died due to lightning in Nagaon district of central Assam. Officials gave this information on Thursday.
Confirming the incident, Nagaon district deputy commissioner Kavita Padmanabhan said that a team including officials from the wildlife, forest and veterinary department went to the forest areas on Thursday to find out the exact cause of death.
Forest and wildlife officials said the incident took place in the Pahari Kandali Proposed Reserve Forest (PRF) on Wednesday night.
Assam’s chief wildlife warden M.K. Yadav was quoted by local wildlife officials as saying that 18 elephants have died and are most likely to be electrocuted.
He said that the exact cause would be known only after the post mortem of the dead animals on Friday.
Locals informed the forest officials that the bodies of dead elephants are scattered in various places in the deep forest area.
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