470 people and 191 elephants! Heavy damage to both sides! Sri Lanka Latest News

It has been revealed that the number of people dying in elephant-human conflict is increasing year by year.

A senior official of the Wildlife Department said that 435 people died in elephant-human conflict in 2022, and the number rose to 470 by the end of 2023.

The official also mentioned that 376 million rupees have been paid as compensation to the dead persons and destroyed property during that period.

The number of dead elephants during this period is 191.

83 elephants have died due to gunshots, 66 elephants have died due to electrocution, 47 elephants have died due to hacking, 23 elephants have died due to poisoning, 02 elephants have died due to road accidents and drowning, 05 elephants have died due to falling into wells and 15 elephants have died due to other accidents. mention

Most of the elephant-human conflicts have occurred near the Anuradhapura Wildlife Zones and the Eastern Wildlife Zones.

It has also been revealed that there has been an increase in the number of elephants encroaching on the villages due to the illegal clearing of forests.

Premalal Wijeratne

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