Assam: Four elephants die, two injured after train hits herd in Nagaon

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The elephants were killed near Hawaipur railway station when the Guwahati-Silchar passenger express train hit the herd, killing four of them on spot.

Four elephants were killed and two injured after a train hit a herd in Assam on Saturday night, IANS reported.

On December 10 previous year, at least five adult elephants and a calf died after the Guwahati-Naharlagun Express hit them at Balipara in Assam's Sonitpur district.

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"The engine got derailed by its front trolly as a result of which the train with all passengers got detained at the location", said the CPRO. The train movement on the section was finally restored at 2 am today, he said.

Locals claim that the accident happened in an area that has already been identified as an elephant corridor, and they even waved and tried to stop the train driver.

A railway line passes through 13% of the elephant corridors in the Northeast, primarily Assam.

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Divisional Railway Manager along with senior officials of Lumding Division reached the site along with Accident Relief Train (ART) from Lumding after which efforts were started for rerailing the locomotive.

"It is only because of the close coordination between field level officials of the forest and railway departments that 200 incidents have been prevented this year alone", NFR spokesperson Pranav Jyoti Sharma said. NF Railway has to ensure the safety of all train movements and at the same time it is ready to do all the needful for mitigating elephant mortality on railway tracks.

Due to large scale deforestation, elephants have lost their natural habitats and have been forced to come out in plain areas in search of foods.

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According to the reports, over 150 wild elephants have died unnaturally in Assam between 2013 and 2017. Despite the mortality, elephant population in Assam rose from 5,246 in 2002 to 5,719 previous year.

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