Web Desk. According to officials in the Indian state of Assam, 18 wild elephants have been killed in a possible lightning strike.
According to the British news agency Reuters, Forest Department official M.K Yadava said that on Thursday, the villagers found 14 elephants dead at one place and four others at the foot of a hill.
Assam Forest and wildlife minister Parimal Suklabaidya said on Friday that the provincial government had ordered an inquiry into the incident.
The minister said, “Preliminary reports indicate that the elephants were killed by lightning, but we need proper forensic tests to determine if they died of poisoning or any disease.”
The local forest ranger official said he saw burning trees and villagers said the elephants may have been killed by lightning on Wednesday. The Ranger official says he was not allowed to speak to the media, so his name should not be mentioned.