In what the Sri Lankan navy called a "mammoth effort," navy divers and a flotilla of boats labored for five hours to rescue two young elephants that had been swept out to sea off the coast of Trincomalee.
Emergency workers used a crane to lift an injured elephant from a nearby ditch as others roamed the highway. It was unclear why the circus truck overturned as it tried to overtake a car.
Baby elephants have become the must-have status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy. The government has introduced new laws to protect them. But conservationists believe more action is needed to end mistreatment.
At least 200 people have died in mudslides and floods in Sri Lanka, the government reports. Buried highways and submerged roads are hampering efforts to get food, water and medicines to survivors.
India is still missing 661 fishermen, almost a month after Cyclone Ockhi battered its southern waters, according to Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Most originated from coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala states.
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