Guwahati: Eighteen elephants died in lightning strikes at a forest in Nagaon district of Assam, a senior Forest Department official said on Thursday. Also Read - Adopt Decent Family Planning Policy: Assam CM to Immigrant Muslims

The incident happened on Wednesday night at a hill in the Kundoli proposed reserve forest in the Kathiatoli range, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Amit Sahay told PTI. Also Read - Assam Board Exams 2021 For Class 10, 12 to Begin From July 15 But On This Condition | Details Here

“The area is very remote and our team could reach there on Thursday afternoon. It was found that carcasses were lying in two groups. Fourteen were lying atop the hiil and four were found at the bottom of the hill,” he said. Also Read - Assam Board Class 12 Exam 2021: Here is When Class 12th Exams Will be Held

In the meantime, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took stock of the deaths and asked Forest Minister Parimal Suklaba to rush to the site.

The preliminary investigation found that the jumbos were killed due to electrocution caused by lightning last night, but the exact reason will be known only after post- mortem, which will be done on Friday, Sahay said.