We are devastated to learn about the death of four elephants that were killed after a speeding train hit them near a level crossing in Bagadihi Forest Range area in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district on Monday. The impact was so great that they died instantly.

Forest officials have urged railway authorities many times to ensure that trains slow down speed in the elephant corridors. These are not new issues in India. Human – elephant conflict is on a rise. In February, four elephants were killed after a speeding train hit them in Assam’s Nagaon district .

How many more need to die before we change our ways? These drivers clearly didn’t respect the norms, they didn’t slow down when close to the elephant crossing and they were not giving sound signals.

We urge authorities to give harsher punishment for those that don’t respect norms and are continuing to kill these precious animals. R.I.P. beautiful souls. We will continue to fight for you!

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