Lives of 1,110 jumbos, 376 people lost

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A total of 1,110 elephants and 376 people have died in past three years due to the human-elephant conflict, the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation stated.  This was revealed by Minister Mahinda Amaraweera during a meeting held in Hambantota to discuss reducing the human-elephant conflict in the country.

Amaraweera said in 2019, there were 407 elephant deaths and 122 human deaths, 328 elephant deaths and 112 human deaths in 2020, and 375 elephant deaths and 142 human deaths in 2021.

In the first four months of this year, 47 elephant deaths and 34 human deaths have been reported due to human-elephant conflict, the Minister added.

Moreover, human-elephant conflict cases are reported from 131 Divisional Secretariats in 19 districts.

As a solution for this, the ministry expects to increase the number of electric fences in the districts in which most of the human-elephant conflict cases are reported, Amaraweera said.

BY Nirmani Gunaratne