Elephant Stranded for Hours in Chalakudy River As Heavy Rain Leads to
Increased Water Level (Kerala)
August 2, 2022
A wild elephant was found stranded in the middle of Chalakudy river for
several hours in this district on Tuesday after heavy rainfall in the area
during the night raised its water level by nearly 5 metres.
After several hours of valiant attempts, the elephant managed to get close
to the safety of the forest on the other side.
Forest officials monitoring the situation told media that the tusker will
now be able to move into the forest safely as the water currents close to
the forest were comparatively slower.
The tusker was stranded in the middle of the river on a small piece of land
for several hours, as the river raged around the animal which has stymied
rescue attempts by fire force and forest officials who are gathered at the
spot close to the Athirappilly water falls.
Subsequently, during its attempts to cross the river, the tusker got swept
several meters downstream and managed to hang on to a broken tree in the
middle of the river.
Thereafter, it slowly managed to move closer to the other side of the river
and then disappeared from view, raising hopes that it will soon reach the
safety of the forest.
Visuals on TV channels showed the tusker periodically dipping its trunk in
the river to assess the water depth as it tried to move towards the other
The elephant during the night had come out of the forest into the nearby
habitat looking for food and while returning, got stranded in the river,