A total number of 193 elephants died in the last three years in Odisha even though several efforts done by government to protect the animals, the assembly was informed on Tuesday. Replying to a question by Congress legislator Prakash Chandra Behera, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh told the assembly that 70 elephants died in 2013-14, 55 in 2014-15 and 68 in 2015-16. He said 47 elephants died due to diseases while 45 died due to unknown reasons. 

As many as 41 elephants died due to poaching, poisoning, deliberate electrocution and accidental electrocution, he added. Arukh said that state government has taken a number of steps including development of habitations as well as digging of water bodies for the safe habitation of elephants in the state. He said the forest department has erected stone walls and solar-powered fences in several sensitive places to deter the elephants from coming to human habitations.

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