Electrocution spells doom for jumbos

Published: 21st August 2013 12:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2013 12:37 PM   |  A+A-

As many as 95 elephants have been killed in the State due to various accidents during the last five years.

 In a written reply to a question from Santosh Singh Saluja (Cong) in the Assembly, Forest and Environment Minister Bijoyshree Routray said 63 elephants have died due to electrocution. He said 19 jumbos have died while fighting and other accidents, including drowning.

Besides, 13 elephants have died in train accidents, he said.

 Replying to a separate question from Alekh Kumar Jena (BJD), the Minister said 335 people have been killed by crocodiles and other wild animals during the last four years. He said 575 people were injured in attacks by crocodiles and wild animals during the same period. The Minister said the State Government has paid compensation of `5.63 crore to the families of the dead and injured persons.

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