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* Human-elephant conflicts in Sri Lanka kill 200 elephants and 48 men in 2011
Sat, Dec 17, 2011, 10:20 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Department of Forest Conservation says that 200 elephants and 48 men were killed in the human-elephant conflicts this year.

Of these elephants, 75 were killed due to gunshot injuries, says the Deputy Director of the Department W.S.K. Navaratne.

Another 22 elephants were killed by food traps laid by farmers and hunters. This explosive laden food detonates when the elephant munches it and the animal receives a painful death.

During this year 15 elephants have been killed due to floods.

Further 10 elephants were killed due to railway accidents. The highest number of elephant accidents took place between Galoya and Kanthale on Trincomalee rail line, the official said.

Agrarian Services and Wild Life Minister of Sri Lanka S.M. Chandrasena recently said that the government is taking steps to reduce the human-elephant conflicts in the country.

According to the Minister, the government has allocated 100 million rupees in the 2012 budget to implement programs to minimize human-elephant conflict and the crop damage by the elephants.

Sri Lanka's wild elephant population has dwindled in the recent years and an elephant census conducted by the Wildlife Department in August this year found that 5,879 elephants are currently roaming Sri Lanka's jungles.

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