“WTF…these trains shouldn’t go through or any where near where elephants roam; but they do, so I guess they are there to stay. So they should follow the guidelines & go  slow, when they know they are approaching an area where elephants may cross…there are sign posts where elephants are likely to cross, plus they are big enough to spot!.”

“The Wildlife Trust of India has identified at least 19 spots where railway tracks passes through elephant habitats. These spots have been declared sensitive; so why are elephants still being killed…well it can only be that drivers are going to fast to be able to stop in time…we can’t afford to lose 1 elephant never mind 5 in this ever decreasing population. As if they don’t have enough to deal with, with local villagers chasing them away…humans have encroached on their habitat & taken their food supply away, what do they expect??”

“According to Elephant Task Force (ETF), Assam tops with a 36 per cent of elephant casualties due to train-hits since 1987, followed by West Bengal with 26 per cent and Uttarakhand with 14 per cent. Elephants  corridors have been made for their safe passage over tracks & also to avoid human contact; trains are required to provide safe crossing to the elephants, but it’s obviously not working…Perhaps it’s time to prosecute the train drivers, for killing elephants…I’m sure that would make them slow down!!”

Bhubaneshwar, India–A speeding passenger train killed five elephants when it ploughed into a herd crossing the track in eastern India, a railway spokesman said Monday.

Onlookers gather around an elephant that was killed by a passenger train in the Rambha forest area, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Orissa, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. A passenger train has plowed into and killed five elephants of a herd crossing railroad tracks in eastern India. Dozens of elephants have died in India in recent years after being struck while crossing railroad tracks that often run through national parks and forests. AP

The train struck the animals on Sunday near the Khallikote forest range in Orissa state’s Ganjam district, some 120 kilometres (74 miles) south of the state capital Bhubaneshwar.

“The local forest department had alerted the railway control room about the possibility of the movements of the animals but by the time we got the message the accident had already occurred,” spokesman R. N. Mohapatra told AFP.

The train was badly damaged and it took rail road workers several hours to clear the tracks. “Nothing compared to the poor elephants…something has to be done to slow the trains down when approaching area’s where elephants cross…before more are killed!”

A local forest officer said one of the animals that was killed was a 45-year-old pregnant mother. “Something has to be done about these speeding trains, how many more elephants are going to be killed this way?”

The state has a poor record of protecting its wildlife with as many as 250 elephants and 504 other wild animals having died since 2009, according to official data.

India is home to around 25,000 Asian elephants but their numbers are falling due to poaching, chiefly for the precious ivory, and destruction of habitat by human populations. “And Trains!!”

News Link:- http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/332943/speeding-train-kills-five-elephants-in-eastern-india


Published on 30 Dec 2012

A passenger train ploughed into and killed five elephants as the herd crossed railroad tracks in Odisha. The incident happened in the Rambha forest area, about 180 kilometres south of Bhubaneshwar. The chief conservator of the state’s wildlife department has blamed railroad authorities. He says Rail authorities ignore Forest dept’s warning that trains should slow down because a herd of elephants was moving in the area. The railroad spokesman said the warning came too late. India’s wild elephant population was recently estimated at about 26-thousand.

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