Elephants have been struck by lightning in India.
Not less than 18 elephants are suspected to have been killed by lightning in northeastern India, officers stated Thursday as they launched a probe into the incident.
Forest officers and an area lawmaker, Jitu Goswami, instructed AFP they believed the pachyderms died after lightning struck a forest in Nagaon district in central Assam throughout a storm on Wednesday.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated in an announcement that he was involved in regards to the deaths of such a “big variety of elephants”.
“Deeply pained by the demise of 18 elephants final night time attributable to huge thunderstorm beneath Kothiatoli Vary in Nagaon,” Assam’s Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweeted, including that he would go to the forest with wildlife officers on Friday.
4 elephant carcasses have been recovered on Thursday, forest officers stated.
India is dwelling to almost 30 000 elephants, round 60 p.c of the wild Asian elephant inhabitants.
We stay in a world the place information and fiction get blurred
In instances of uncertainty you want journalism you possibly can
belief. For under R75 per thirty days, you may have entry to
a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism,
high opinions and a variety of options. Journalism
strengthens democracy. Make investments sooner or later at this time.