Over 2,000 people in India were killed by elephants while tigers claimed over 200 lives in the last five years, the Union Environment Ministry informed the Lok Sabha on Friday. Nearly 494 persons were killed by the jumbos last year alone, the Lower House was told.
Responding to a query in Lok Sabha, Minister of State (MoS) for Environment, Babul Supriyo said 2,398 people have died since 2014 up to March 31, 2019, due to human-elephant conflict with West Bengal recording the maximum 403 deaths in last five years. West Bengal was closely followed by Nagaland where 397 persons were killed by the jumbos while 349 people died in Jharkhand.
The data was shared in a written response by Supriyo to a query raised by Congress MP from Kerala, Anto Antonio in Lok Sabha on the number of human deaths by elephants and tigers in India in the last five years. As per the data, the number of human deaths by elephants too came down from 516 in 2017-18 to 494 in 2018-2019.