Jumbos stranded due to floods

8 February 2011 06:30 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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More than 72 wild elephants have been detected marooned in the flood affected areas in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Director General of Wildlife Conservation Department, Chandrawansa Pathiraja said

He added that 70 out of them were stranded in Manik Farm and Settikulam areas in Vavuniya. Two elephant calves have been detected in Singhapura area in Welikanda, and measures have already been taken to rescue those two, the Director General said.

Due to the rainfall in the last few days the lives of three elephant calves were lost, Wild Life Department sources said. Making an appeal, the Wild Life Department has requested the people not to try anything to scare the elephants off as they would move back to their familiar grounds once the flood waters have started subsiding. (Indika Ramanayake)

  Comments - 12

  • pasha Wednesday, 09 February 2011 03:57 AM

    all r worrying abt jumbos . no one to worry human strugle

    Wara Wednesday, 09 February 2011 04:43 AM

    Though Cathrina affected pets rescued, still some humans under shelters even after 5 years - THIS IS IN USA, NOT IN SL.

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 09 February 2011 05:25 AM

    yeah like what befell the Galgamuwe Raja! Very mysterious know!

    lion Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:34 PM

    Have any one of them have tusks???

    RajaVipaksha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:05 PM

    Jambos stranded woithout votes and power

    waz Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:29 PM

    governtment, kindly do every thing to save these majestic creatures of sri lanka, these animals are our pride.

    Ranjith Rajasooriya Wednesday, 09 February 2011 12:52 AM

    Some jumbos were stranded in Punchi Borella too.I hope they can keep the herd together.

    Cobra Wednesday, 09 February 2011 02:02 AM

    Just like what is happening to the tame two legged ones!!!

    Aliya Wednesday, 09 February 2011 02:11 AM

    We have been stranded for some time now.

    meranchi Wednesday, 09 February 2011 03:09 AM

    please be patin we also effect and suffering....essential will reach very short time.....i

    Patriot Wednesday, 09 February 2011 03:17 AM

    For a country that utilises animals like elephants a great deal to promote tourism in the country, we are sadly lacking in measures to protect our wild life. During hurricane Katrina, PETA/ HSUSA made sure all or most pets were rescued and cared for. Our authorities just let baby animals float on water... Yes, we need to take care of humans first but why aren't the relevant authorities taking measures to save the animals?

    simple mind Wednesday, 09 February 2011 03:37 AM

    Better check whether there is a tusker among them coz if you leave them in the hands of the wild life dept the same fate that befell the tusker from northwestern province will fall on them too


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