Human-Elephant conflict between January and October 5, 2018 218 wild elephants and 80 people killed

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DM_20181011_A001-9By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

It was revealed in parliament yesterday that 218 wild elephants and 80 people had been killed in human-elephant conflict between January and October 5 this year.  


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said this in response to a question raised by joint opposition MP Roshan Ranasinghe in parliament yesterday.  


The Prime Minister said the government had taken several steps to address this issue.  


He said 4,349 km long electric fence had been erected covering 17 districts and added that it would be extended to 7000 km by 2019.  


“We have assigned 1,675 Civil Defence Force personnel to protect these electric fence round the clock. We are taking steps to increase it to 3,000. We will recruit 2,350 employees for the electric fence maintenance during 2018 and 2019,” he said.  


The Premier said wild elephant detention centre had been set up in Horowpathana to rehabilitate violent elephants and added that another of that kind will be set up in Lunugamwehera.