Speeding train kills elephant, hurts another

The Northeast Frontier Railway in fact has a project to mitigate elephant mortality due to train accidents, with the Wildlife Trust of India, the state government and Elephant Family supporting it.

Sunday's elephant was the sixth victim of trains in Assam in the past three months. While four elephants including two calves were mowed down by a speeding train between Diphu and Doldoli stations in Karbi Anglong district in central Assam on January 2, one male elephant was killed by a train near Hojai in Nagaon district on December 22.

Assam incidentally accounts for about 37 per cent of the total elephant deaths caused by trains in the country, followed by West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand.

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