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Elephants Killed in Train Accidents

21st June, 2004

A female elephant and two calfs were killed early this morning after a goods train rammed into a herd of elephants 15 to 20 km from Dispur, the capital of the North Eastern state of Assam. The accident happened near the suburb of Azara, not far from the Guwahati airport.

There have been earlier problems on this train route when a wild herd abandoned a young elephant calf because of disturbance. The calf was later taken into captivity. Accidents that resulted in the deaths of a number of elephants have also occurred in Upper Assam.

The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) believes that this shocking new incident requires the immediate attention of the Railway Ministry and Project Elephant, to address the problem of train lines that cut through elephant corridors.



 

 

 

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