Wild elephant attacks couple, kills one

By Newslineglobal

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.

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.

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