Wild elephant attacks couple camping in Sri Lanka’s central highlands

Attack

One person was killed and another seriously wounded on Friday as a result of an attack by a wild elephant in central Sri Lanka, the police said.

The police said the deceased was  a 23-year-old woman, and the wounded a 22-year-old man.

The couple had come on a camping tour and set up near the Uda Diyaluma waterfall, according to the police.

The police said the marauding elephant was there when police and residents of the area arrived following a distress call from the injured person.

The human-elephant conflict had been increasing in Sri Lanka in recent years.

The death toll of the conflict hit a record high in 2022 with 145 people and 433 elephants killed, according to official data.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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