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Elephant deaths climb to 66 so far, this year

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Children and wildlife officers inspecting a she elephant killed by an improvised explosive device, called hakkapatas, at Herathgama, in Kurunegala, on Monday.

by Ifham Nizam

Elephant deaths, so far this year, had shot up to 66, on Monday, when a she elephant succumbed to her injuries received from an improvised explosive device, commonly known as hakkapatas, Rally for Animal Rights and Environment (RARE) said yesterday.

Biodiversity Conservation and Research Circle of Sri Lanka Convener Supun Lahiru Prakash said the human-elephant conflict (HEC) had shown a rapid escalation recently.

“From 2016 to 2020 we have lost at least 1,578 elephants and the majority of them have died due to anthropogenic reasons. When compared with the 1992 – 2001 period, the present annual death rate of elephants shows about 90% rise and it is a 30% increase when compared with the 2005–2010 period. It is the highest annual death rate of elephants in the world.”

 

A sharp decrease in the elephant home ranges and repeating the failed mitigation measures were among the factors that have led to increased HEC in the county, according to experts.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a multi-stakeholder committee chaired by eminent elephant researcher Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando to prepare “National Action Plan for the Mitigation of Human-Elephant Conflict”, which was prepared and handed over to the government last December.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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