Odisha appears to have become an elephant cemetery. In the last ten years, 784 elephants have perished in the state, Minister of Forestry and Environment of Odisha Pradip Kumar Amat informed the State Assembly. So on average, State is witnessing 78 deaths in a year. It is unfortunate to report that numerous deaths are the result of human action.
On the grounds of Krishi Vigyan Kendra under Sadar range in Keonjhar on Wednesday night, two female elephants died after coming into contact with a live electric power wire.
Officials from the forest department arrived at the scene on Thursday morning after learning of the occurrence from the employees, and they immediately began an investigation.
According to accounts, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s farmhouse is covered in greenery as a result of the rainy season. Wild elephants used to visit the farmhouse to feast on the creeper and plant branches.
Last night, a herd came to the farmhouse. However, as two of the pachyderms attempted to crush a tree branch with their trunks, they stumbled onto the low-lying electric lines. Two local female elephants died as a result of the process. The electric wire is still entangled in their trunks.
Locals have attributed the untimely deaths of two pachyderms to the officials from the forest and electric departments’ lax attitude.