As many as five elephants were swept away in Mahanadi river near Mundali in Odishas Cuttack district early this morning.
The incident took place when a herd of around 9 elephants was crossing the river from Athagarh side to Banki. Due to strong current in the river, the five pachyderms got swept away in the water body.
On being informed, Forest department officials reached the spot and launched a rescue operation. Till last reports came in, the animals were yet to be traced.