Most deaths in the year 2020-21
The maximum number of 139 people died in elephant attacks in the year 2020-21, while 117 people died in such incidents in 2019-20 and 112 in 2021-22. Similarly, the number of permanently disabled people in elephant attacks in the state also increased from five in 2012-13 to 51 in 2021-22. Not only humans lost their lives due to the attack of elephants. In fact, 784 elephants have also died in the state in the last 10 years.
Where 82 elephants died in 2012-13. Whereas this figure was 86 in 2015-16, 93 in 2018-19 and 86 in 2021-22. During this period, the Odisha government investigated the incidents of death of 39 elephants. In which charge sheet was filed against 50 people. However, not a single accused has been convicted in these cases so far. In another written statement, Odisha’s Forest Minister said that poachers killed 11 wild elephants during 2022-23. As per the last elephant census conducted in 2017, there are 1,976 elephants in Odisha.
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