India: 18 elephants killed by lightning
New Delhi: Lightning strikes in India have killed 18 elephants, the state government has ordered an inquiry into the deaths of 18 elephants.
According to Indian media, 18 wild elephants were killed in a lightning strike in the state of Assam. Forest Department official MK Yadav said that on Thursday, some villagers found 14 elephants dead in one place.
He said that 4 other elephants were also found dead in another place. State Minister for Forests Parimal Scalabedia says the state government has ordered an investigation into the deaths of 18 elephants.
According to the minister, looking at the initial report, it can be said that the elephants were killed by lightning, but it would be premature to say in the end.
He said the real cause of death of the elephants would be known only after the forensic test report came out. The report will show that elephants did not die from eating poisonous food.
The local forest ranger said he had seen burnt trees, while villagers said the elephants may have been killed by lightning on Wednesday.