72 Jumbos stranded due to floods

72 Jumbos stranded due to floods

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:00

More than 72 wild elephants have been detected marooned in the flood affected areas in the Northern and Eastern Provinces Director General of Wildlife Conservation Department, Chandrawansa Pathiraja said He added that 70 out of them were stranded in Manik Farm and Settikulam areas in Vavuniya. Two elephant calves have been detected in Singhapura area in Welikanda, and measures have already been taken to rescue those two, the Director General said. Due to the rainfall during the last few days the lives of three elephant calves were lost, Wild Life Department sources said. Making an appeal, the Wild Life Department has requested the people not to try anything to scare the elephants off as all those shall move back to their familiar grounds once the flood waters have started subsiding.