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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhawanipatna/Bhubaneswar: One more elephant died near Jakama village under the Karlapat Sanctuary in Kalahandi district on Friday, taking the total number of deaths to four in 12 days.

Though the exact reason of the death is yet to be ascertained, the Odisha PCCF Sashi Paul hinted at the contaminated water in the nearby nullah as the probable cause of the deaths.

Speaking to the media, Paul said, "All the deaths were reported from near the nullah. So, it is suspected that some kind of a bacterial disease might have caused the deaths."

"We have already taken a serious cognizance of the matter and the area is being sanitised. We have also taken preventive measures to keep other elephants and cattle away from that area of the jungle so that the bacteria do not spread anymore," he added.

Shedding more lights on the deaths, the Deputy Director of Veterinary in Kalahandi, Dharmananda Mohanty said, "Initial reports suggest some kind of infectious disease, most probably Septicemia. However, we have sent the samples to Bhubaneswar to ascertain the exact cause."

It is worth mentioning that the carcass of one full-grown elephant was found at the Karlapat wildlife Sanctuary on Friday morning. Similarly, on February 1 and 8, carcasses of two elephants were found at the same spot.

On February 17 last year Bikram Keshari Arukha, Odisha’s Forest and Environment Minister had stated on the floor of the Odisha Assembly that between 2016-2019, 246 elephants had died due to various reasons such as accidental electrocution, disease, accidents involving trains and other vehicles, natural and other causes.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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