Nagaon: 18 elephants lost their lives in a lightning strike that hit the Kathiatoli range in the Nagaon district of Assam, a forest official confirmed on Thursday.
Sahay said that the exact reason would only be determined after the post-mortem. He further said that the post mortem has been scheduled for Friday.
Reports suggest that Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Amit Sahay, while speaking to news agency PTI said that the incident took place on Wednesday night at a hill in the Kundoli proposed reserve forest in the Kathiatoli range.
"The area is very remote and our team could reach there on Thursday afternoon. It was found that carcasses were lying in two groups. Fourteen were lying atop the hiil and four were found at the bottom of the hill," Sahay told PTI.
After the incident, an investigation was launched in the case, during which, it was found that the elephants had been killed due to the electrocution caused by lightning on Wednesday night in the area. However, Sahay said that the exact reason would only be determined after the post-mortem. He further said that the post mortem has been scheduled for Friday.
However, this is not the first case of such an incident. Year after year, animals have died after lightning has struck different parts of India and well as the rest of the world. Some of such kind of incidents have happened in West Bengal, Norway and Sri Lanka before this.