553 animals killed by electrocution during last 10 years


PP Libeesh Kumar

The chief electrical engineer VC Anil Kumar says that majority of deaths took place due to shocks coming from broken electric lines.

Kannur: The number of animals killed by electrocution in the forest and inhabited areas have increased. The report by the electrical inspector claims that 553 animals, including elephants, have been killed by electric fences and broken electric lines in the last 10 years.

Between 2014 and 2019, 312 animals have died and between 2009 and 2014, the number was 233. 45 animals including cows, goats and wild animals have died from April till September of this year.

The chief electrical engineer VC Anil Kumar said that majority of deaths took place due to shocks coming from broken electric lines. Even the fences that have been set up to scare the animals end up taking their lives.

Most of the electric fences are working without the knowledge of Electrical Inspectorate. Deaths due to electrocution can be prevented by setting up an electric fence energiser. However, without this, 230 volt electricity will be transmitted directly to the fence killing animals.

People are also killed

  • In the last 10 years, 4142 suffered electric shocks and out of this, 2439 people were killed.
  • 200 deaths per year for the last five years
  • 249 people died in 2018-2019
  • This includes the death of KSEB employees, death while using electric utensils and so on

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