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20 elephants killed in lightning strikes

20 elephants killed in lightning strikes
An elephant who after being stuck by lightening near Bamuni Hills in Kondoli, Nagaon district, Thursday. (PTI)
GUWAHATI, MAY 13 (PTI): | Publish Date: 5/13/2021 12:58:29 PM IST

 In a tragic incident, at least 20 elephants died in lightning strikes at a forest in Nagaon district of Assam.

The incident happened on Wednesday night at a hill in the Kundoli proposed reserve forest in the Kathiatoli range, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Amit Sahay told PTI.

“The area is very remote and our team could reach there on Thursday afternoon. It was found that carcasses were lying in two groups. Fourteen were lying atop the hiil and four were found at the bottom of the hill,” he said.

The preliminary investigation found that the jumbos were killed due to electrocution caused by lightning last night, but the exact reason will be known only after post- mortem, which will be done on Friday, Sahay said. 

 

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