COLOMBO, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- At least two people and an elephant have died in the human-elephant conflict prevalent in SriLanka's rural north central and eastern areas, police said Tuesday.
Police said that a 45-year-old man was killed as a result of being attacked by a wild elephant at Sigiriya, about 165 km from here in North Central Province.
The ill-fated man was attacked at around 8 p.m. local time Monday while returning home.
In the nearby Digampathaha area, another man was attacked by a wild elephant earlier on Monday and died, the police said, adding that in Kantalai, about 218 km east of Colombo, a woman was accused of firing at a wild elephant and killing it on Monday.
Figures from Sri Lanka's Wildlife Department showed that during past 12 years, about 120 elephants and 65 humans were killed each year due to human-elephant conflicts.
Experts estimated that there are about 3,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka after 1,500 to 3,000 elephants being killed in the island in the last 50 years.
Elephants play a very important role in Sri Lanka's culture, history, religion and even politics.