Tuesday, 11th May 2021

3 elephant calves killed in train mishap

British Asia News Network

Three young elephants calves lost lives when a passenger train hit them in east Sri Lanka, officials have  confirmed. This has happened weeks after two calves and their pregnant mother were seriously struck in the same region.

The train was Colombo-bound 600 passengers hit the elephant herd near Welikanda, 260 kilometres (162 miles) east of the capital on Saturday night. The three elephants, part of a larger herd, were crossing the railway track at dawn in jungle near Habarana, 180 kilometres (110 miles) northeast of Colombo, when they were hit and killed late last month.

“Four compartments derailed, but fortunately there were no casualties among the passengers,” a railway official said adding that the track was extensively damaged.

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