A 20-year-old female elephant was killed after being struck by a train in Kanjikode, a forest area in Kerala between Coimbatore and Palakkad.
Kanjikode: A 20-year-old female elephant was killed after being struck by a train in Kanjikode, a forest area in Kerala between Coimbatore and Palakkad.
Around 3.30 am on Friday, as a herd of elephants attempted to cross the railway tracks, the tragic incident took place. The female elephant’s death took place as a result of being hit by a Vivek Express bound for Dibrugarh.
The Tamil Nadu Forest Department presented a proposal in August of this year to start an artificial intelligence-based system to minimise elephant deaths on railway tracks. In the proposal, it was stated that railway lines are passing through thick forests, several of which are elephant habitat, and elephants often cross the tracks without the knowledge of train drivers, so the risk of collision is high with the trains. It is time for the government to make some alternative arrangements for the elephants so that they can move freely and avert accident.
According to sources, an elephant calf was also injured. Forest officials are searching for the calf.
The Tamil Nadu forest department has unveiled a report in which it has mentioned that eleven elephants have died so far amid collisions with trains in the Coimbatore forest division since 2008.