Another elephant dies in Odisha’s Karlapat; 6th death in 2 weeks

Bhawanipatna: Death of elephants in the Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha’s Kalahandi district continues unabated as another female elephant died, today.

The pachyderm reportedly died due to septicemia. With this, the toll mounted to 6 during the last 14 days.

It is being suspected by the Forest Department officials that hemorrhagic septicemia might be the reason behind the death of elephants. The deaths have been reported from near Ghusurigudi drain in the sanctuary.

The Forest department has sent an expert team to the protected area to find out the reason behind the deaths.

The team, headed by Prof Niranjan Sahu, from Centre for Wildlife Health of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) inspected the area on Saturday.

“All the symptoms indicate that the elephants died from bacterial disease haemorrhage septicaemia,” informed Sahu.

Following the incident, wildlife wing has started immunisation of cattle in several villages, closer to the two forest beats where the elephants’ deaths were reported.

Besides, various water bodies have been disinfected with bleaching powders.

Divisional Forest Officer, Kalahandi (South Division), Ashok Kumar said that the villagers have been advised not to allow their cattle inside the forest as it is suspected that the water bodies could be contaminated.

(with agency inputs)

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