Seeking the Centre's intervention to ensure speed restrictions at crossing points used by elephants, Odisha government on Wednesday asked the railway board to revisit its advisories on prevention o

Berhampur: Around 150 carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles have been washed ashore near the Rushikulya river mouth in Ganjam district, a major mass nesting site of the endangered species, in the last one month. Forest officials found at least eight dead turtles on Monday.

"Most of the carcasses were found in decomposed state. We suspected these were washed ashore to Ganjam coast from Astaranga area in Puri district, where a number of turtles were found dead recently," said divisional forest officer, (DFO) Berhampur, S S Mishra.

BERHAMPUR: To prevent wild animals from being run over by trains, forest officers have proposed solar fencing on either side of the railway track from Rambha bypass to Palur junction in Ganjam district. At least six elephants were crushed to death near Subalaya, a place within the five-km railway line, on December 29, last year. Though drivers have been asked to slow down on this stretch following the accident, forest officers are pushing for solar fencing as a permanent solution to the problem.

The town and its adjoining areas are reeling under severe cold wave conditions.

Cold waves continued to sweep across the state for the second consecutive day on Monday with the state reporting temperature as low as one degree Celsius, the day's lowest.