Eighteen elephants died in lightning strikes at a forest in the Nagaon district of Assam,
a senior Forest Department official said on Thursday.
When asked how could such a huge number of elephants die together.
Amit Sahay, from the state’s forest department, said: ‘Four elephant carcasses were
found at one spot and 14 others at another spot.
‘The preliminary investigation revealed that the elephants could have been killed by
‘Top officials of the forest department and veterinary doctors have been rushed to
the spot, Assam’s Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweeted:
Deeply pained by the death of 18 elephants last night due to massive thunderstorms
under Kothiatoli Range in Nagaon.’
India is home to nearly 30,000 elephants, around 60 percent of the wild Asian elephant
Wild elephants in the state have previously been victims of poaching, train-related
accidents, poisoning and even electrocution, according to local media.