The Cabinet of Ministers has recently approved the increase of compensations paid for damages caused by wild elephant attacks on individuals and properties.
Accordingly, amending the amounts further, the proposal made by Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, to increase the compensation paid for human deaths and permanent disabilities from Rs. 200,000/- to Rs. 500,000/-, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
During the past 12 years, an estimated 1,464 elephants have been killed, while 672 persons have lost their lives in elephant attacks.