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Another tourist trampled by an elephant near Maasai Mara

Another tourist was trampled to death by an elephant on Monday near Maasai Mara wildlife reserve, police said on Wednesday.

According to sources within the police service, the victim was badly injured by the rogue elephant and succumbed to injuries at the Talek Health Centre.

The death of the male Belgian tourist comes just a month after an Italian man was trampled in the Tsavo National Park, southeast Kenya, while trying to take a photograph of an elephant.

The accident occurred at the Swara camp in Tsavo National Park, near Malindi, where the 66 year old male, sustained serious injuries and died before he could be taken to hospital.

FIERCE DROUGHT

The police source said the tourist had moved from his tent close to the elephant to take a photograph of the jumbo, which was near the Sabaki River.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Wednesday issued a statement saying that a fierce drought gripping the country was pushing wildlife further from their natural habitats in search of food and water, increasingly bringing them into contact with human beings.

“From the cases recorded by KWS, it is evident that there has been an increase in reported incidents of conflicts compared to past years; the notable ones being attacks on people, property destruction, livestock predation and crop raiding,” said the statement.