During the forthcoming dry season the threat of elephant attacks is expected to increase. The Wildlife Conservation Department has informed people to take protective measures.
The Wildlife Conservation Department has warned that the deaths caused by elephant attacks can increase in the next few months due to the drought conditions experienced in several areas of the country. According to a survey carried out by the National Wildlife Training Centre in Giritale within the Mahaweli Zone, it has been discovered that majority of deaths were caused during nights when elephants are more active. Men of above 40 years of age who go out during night have been mostly attacked. Eighty percent of the deaths were caused when they were walking on jungle paths. Twenty percent have been killed in their own premises. Director General of Wildlife Conservation Department Chandrawansa Pathiraja said that by remaining in houses during night would help in minimizing the incidence of deaths.