Assam: Five elephants run over and killed by train
Feb 12, 2018, 00:30
Guwahati: At least four elephants were killed and two others injured in Assam after a train hit a herd trying to cross railway tracks late on Saturday.
The chief spokesman of the NFR, Pranab Jyoti Sharma informed that the engine number 20072 of train number 15611 (Guwahati - Silchar Fast passenger) dashed against a herd of elephant at km 167-7 between stations Hawaipur and Lamshakhan under Lumding Division of N F Railway resulting in death of five elephants.
The accident also led to derailment of the engine of the train, though no one was injured.
An official from World Wildlife Fund says, areas in Assam where elephant deaths are on the rise have lost 70 per cent of its forest cover, forcing the animals to stray into villages. "A departmental inquiry has been ordered to find out whether all protocols were adhered", Sharma said.
The area where the accident occurred falls under the elephant corridor and was included in the list of 19 places where elephants cross the railway tracks at Lumding, Hojai and Lanka forest ranges.
"Based on inputs received from forest department a speed restriction of 30kmph had been imposed and all trains were instructed to slow down while passing by".
Four elephants have been killed after they were hit by a train in northeast India.
Mr Sharma said 200 imminent train-elephant collisions had been prevented this year alone.
On December 10 past year, six elephants including a pregnant jumbo was killed in collision with the Guwahati-Naharlagun Express train at Bamgaon in Sonitpur district.
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