Bhubaneswar: As per statistics accessible from the central authorities, Odisha tops the listing in India relating to human beings-elephant battle. A complete of 117 individuals have died as a result of battle in 2019-20 whereas 82 misplaced their lives in 2020-21 as per the information accessible.
Alternatively, knowledge accessible from the Union Ministry of Surroundings, Forest and Local weather Change (MoEFCC), elephant deaths because of man-made causes have solely occurred in Odisha. Among the many causes, poaching is the first trigger. Odisha is amongst 12 states in India that’s residence to the pachyderms. Round a dozen elephants have been electrocuted in Odisha within the final six months. Odisha is second amongst all of the states in India the place elephants die after coming in touch with stay electrical wires.
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Odisha at the moment has round 1,976 elephants. Nevertheless, stats have revealed that greater than 1.500 pachyderms have perished within the state within the final 20 years and most of these haven’t been pure deaths.
It’s pertinent to say right here that, regardless of excessive variety of deaths and crop losses, retaliatory deaths of elephants by the use of poisoning within the state has been nil for the final eight years.
The MoEFCC knowledge additionally mirrored that, a complete of 73 elephants succumbed to stay electrical wires in Odisha in the course of the interval 2014 to 2020. Assam, which has an elephant inhabitants of 5,719, topped the listing with 90 electrocution deaths throughout the identical interval.
Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu with elephant inhabitants of 6049, 5706 and 2761 respectively, witnessed 65, 24 and 68 deaths.