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Jakarta Post

Elephant dies, swept away by Tanggamus floods

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 4 2010   /  11:09 am

Rangers at the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Lampung buried the carcass of an elephant calf found dead following floods and a landslide in Semaka district. The 2-year-old elephant calf, buried Tuesday, was believed to be swept by river currents from upstream and was found dead at Way Kerap Dam in Tanggamus.“The body had no wounds,” Way Kerap village chief Mat Zuranni said. “Based on a postmortem conducted by forest rangers, the elephant drowned.” A similar incident took place early October last year during a landslide and floods in Way Kerap, where two villagers and a female adult elephant were killed. Five districts in Tanggamus are currently prone to floods. Floods in Way Kerap are often followed by landslides, especially around hills bordering the national park. Conservationists in Lampung said floods in Tanggamus damaged protected forest in the regency. “Almost 80 ...