Two elephants die after being hit by train in India

Two endangered Asian elephants have died after being hit by a passenger train near the city of Gauhati in north-eastern India.

Wildlife warden Prodipta Baruah said the elephants were part of a herd of about 15 that had ventured into the area in search of food before dawn on Sunday.

He said the other elephants crossed the track and the final two were attempting to cross when the train struck them.

Wildlife workers and vets arrived to perform autopsies on the elephants before burying them in nearby pits.

Gauhati is in Assam state, which is home to several thousand wild Asian elephants. The animals are revered in Asia but are considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.

Roaming elephants in the region are struck by trains fairly regularly.

AP

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