Sri Lanka: elephants feeding in garbage dumps

About 210 kilometers (130 miles) east of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, 20 elephants have died in the past eight years after ingesting plastic waste, according to local veterinarians.

In the village of Pallakkadu in the Ampara District, the open dump is the last resort for dining.

According to the authorities, there are 54 landfills in the wildlife areas of the country, and about 300 elephants roam around them.

The waste management site in Balakadu village was established in 2008 with the assistance of the European Union.

Garbage collected from nine neighboring villages is dumped there but not recycled.

In 2014, lightning struck the electric fence protecting the site and was never repaired by authorities, allowing the elephants to enter and roam the landfill.

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