Around 50 wild elephants killed in Sri Lanka floods

Sat, Jan 15, 2011, 10:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 15, Colombo: The Director General of Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Department Chandrawansa Pathiraja says around 50 deaths of wild elephants due to floods have been reported.

He said that a survey has been commenced in wildlife parks to ascertain the exact number of deaths of the wild elephants and other animals.

Local media recently published photos of a corpse of a baby elephant that was stuck amidst tree branches when it was washed away in floods.

Floods severely affected Lahugala, Somawathi, Maduruoya, Kumana and Kavudulla wildlife parks.

A large number of cattle reared by the farmers of the dry zone have also been reported killed due to floods.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported the livestock losses are to be significant, particularly in Batticaloa District. The Agency reported that 48,679 cattle, 22,279 goats, and 172,884 poultry have been lost.