Two elephants had been killed last night (20 October) after they were hit by two separate trains that were travelling from Colombo to Kankasanthurai, and Colombo to Batticaloa.
Two elephants had been hit by a train in Ambanpola area. One of the elephants had died, while the other one had been seriously injured.
Another wild elephant had died in an accident in Palugaswewa area. The train, which had been traveling from Colombo to Batticaloa, had derailed due to the collision. Consequently, the train had stopped at Kekirawa railway station.
Also, three elephants died in an accident between Welikanda and Punani on 6 October after they were hit by the train that was travelling from Batticaola to Colombo. In the first three weeks of this month alone, five elephants have died due to elephant-train accidents.
The Ministry of Transportation appointed a committee on 28 September to avert elephant-train collisions. The committee, after examining the train tracks in the north and east, presented five recommendations.