Lightning kills 350 rare antelopes in Kazakhstan, 18 elephants in India

06:56 PM | 14 May, 2021
Lightning kills 350 rare antelopes in Kazakhstan, 18 elephants in India

Around 350 highly endangered Saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan and 18 elephants in India were killed probably in two different incidents of lighting, it emerged on Friday. 

The Kazakh ecological ministry said in a statement that lightning was the probable cause of the death of the Saiga antelopes, which have distinctive bulbous nose.

“…there are traces of lightning strikes on the carcasses,” said the ministry. 

Villagers have recovered their bodies in steppe land in the west of the country amid calving season for the animal. 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), lists the Saiga as among five highly rare endangered antelope species, with a population of around 124,000 adults.

Kazakhstan is home to the vast majority of the animals, with Russia’s Kalmykia region and Mongolia hosting much smaller populations, Arab News reported.

Meanwhile, at least 18 wild elephants were killed by lightning during a thunderstorm late Thursday amid some claiming that the animals were poisoned to death in the protected sanctuary in Assam state. 

Local residents had informed forest department officials after finding the elephant carcasses in the Kondali forest reserve in the agaon district. 

Some local rangers said that some trees were also burnt in the area, giving a reason that deaths occurred due to lightning. 

The carcasses of elephants are being sent for a postmortem and forensic tests to determine the cause of death. 


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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