In India, at least 600 wild elephants have died as a result of electric shocks in the last 10 years.
The Deccan Herald reported.
Most of the animals died in Karnataka (116 elephants) and Odisha (117 elephants). At the same time, the number of such tragedies has decreased significantly over the past few years.
According to the newspaper, the main reason for such incidents is the reduction of animal habitat as a result of human activities. In addition, local residents often connect to power lines illegally, and wires are hung on the ground instead of the required 5.5 meters.
Security organizations are urging authorities to strengthen safety controls when servicing power lines, as well as to take into account that wild elephants travel 500-700 km during migration when preparing state development projects.