- Guwahati-Naharlagun Express hit the herd when they were crossing track
- Incident took place last night in Sonitpur, known as an elephant corridor
- 140 elephants have died 'unnaturally' in Assam between 2013 and 2016
The incident took place in Balipara in Assam's Sonitpur district, an area known to be an elephant corridor. Disturbing images showed locals standing around the bodies of the elephants.
The rising cases of human-animal conflict in Assam have been a cause of concern for conservation and wildlife bodies. Due to large scale deforestation for the construction of villages, elephants have lost their natural habitats that had remained untouched till 2014.
As many as 140 elephants have died 'unnaturally' in Assam between 2013 and 2016.
The Asian elephants of Assam have been declared 'endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN.
According to the elephant census, there were 5620 in 2011.
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