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US News India: 18 Elephants dead discovered under conditions to be clarified

17:00  14 may  2021
17:00  14 may  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Eighteen Champions of Elephants were discovered in the Jungle of the State of Assam in the northeast From India, said Friday the authorities, who opened an investigation into the causes of their death, imputed a priori to lightning. The Minister of Forests of Assam, Parimal Suklabaidya, said deeply struggled with the death of these animals. According to him, elephants could be killed by the lightning who hit the Kandali Forest Reserve Propoded Reserve Forest, in Nagaon District, on the night of Wednesday on Thursday.

A Bolt of Lightning is Believed to Have Killed A Herd of At Least 18 #Elephants in Central #Assam 's Nagaon District on Wednesday Night. The Happened In The Hilly Kandali Incident Propdes Reserve Forest, Officials Said. https://t.co/idbb5agwdw

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"It is extremely painful to see the elephants die as well. But we have to wait for the post-mortem report to know the exact cause of their death, "he told the press on site, about 150 kilometers southeast of Guwahati, the capital of the state. The Chief Minister of State of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said in a statement to be preoccupied with the death of a "so many elephants".

The Assam government sent a team of veterinarians in the region of the Bamuni Hills, where elephants died in still mysterious circumstances. The latter will proceed to the autopsy of the dead elephants and will submit a report to the authorities. But some advocates of the environment doubt that so many animals could have been struck down at the same time. According to the prominent ASSAM environmental advocate, Soumyadeep Datta, who observed the photographs broadcast by the press, the lightning hypothesis is excluded.

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The thesis of poisoning, another advanced track

"A poisoning could be behind the death of these elephants," said Soumyadeep Datta who leads the preservation organization of Nature Nature'Beckon. "If the elephants are not dead because of the lightning, the government must ensure that the culprits [...] be brought to justice," said Datta, impatient of the disclosure of the autopsy report. "disturbing" case. "This kind of incident where wild elephants are killed by lightning never arrived in Assam or in northeastern India. If it is a killing, immediate action must be conducted to stop the culprits, "he said.

Bibhab Talukder, also the environmental advocate, leader of the Wildlife Protection Organization Aaranyak, for its part does not exclude the hypothesis of lightning. "I have been in contact with activists in Africa [...] that told me that incidents of similar nature had produced where herds of deer had been killed by lightning," he said. India is home to nearly 300,000 elephants, about 60% of Asian's wild elephant population.

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