GUWAHATI: In one of the harshest forms of man-elephant conflict, 229 humans lost their lives in Assam in the past three years – 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Assam lost 75 human lives in 2019-20, as many as 91 in 2020-21 and 63 in 2021-22. The shrinking elephant habitats lead the pachyderms to make a foray into human habitats, leading to such conflicts. Rampant deforestation in the state also aggravates the situation. According to Forest sources, 33 elephant casualties due to electrocution took place in the state in three years – nine in 2018-19, 11 in 2019-20 and 13 in 2020-21.
According to sources, 15 elephants died in three years – four in 2019, six in 2020 and five in 2021 – after being hit by trains in NF Railway's jurisdiction.