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‘Lightning Strike’ Kills Herd of 18 Elephants in Assam’s Nagaon

As per Assam’s Chief Wildlife Warden MK Yadava, the cause of death is most likely a bolt of lightning.

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As per Assam’s Chief Wildlife Warden MK Yadava, the cause of death is most likely a bolt of lightning.
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In a shocking incident, bodies of 18 wild elephants were recovered from the Kandali Proposed Reserve Forest area in central Assam's Nagaon district. A massive lightning strike is believed to be the possible reason behind the incident, that took place on Wednesday, 12 May.

Assam's Chief Wildlife Warden, MK Yadava, also said that the cause of death is most likely a bolt of lightning, The New Indian Express reported.

‘Lightning Strike’ Kills Herd of 18 Elephants in Assam’s Nagaon
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‘Lightning Strike’ Kills Herd of 18 Elephants in Assam’s Nagaon
(Photo: Accessed by The Quint)
‘Lightning Strike’ Kills Herd of 18 Elephants in Assam’s Nagaon
(Photo: Accessed by The Quint)
‘Lightning Strike’ Kills Herd of 18 Elephants in Assam’s Nagaon
(Photo: Accessed by The Quint)

"There have been incidents of lightning killing animals but this is a huge number,” he added.

A team of veterinary doctors and wildlife experts has left for Kandali and they are expected to reach the Reserve by Friday morning.

The district also has had several cases of man-animal conflicts.

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