46 year old Mawbima journalist Priyantha Ratnauyake was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Minneriyawe while he was on an assignment to cover the sufferings of the villagers following damages caused by elephants entering villages. He was attacked by an elephant that had entered the village of Samagipura in Minneriya. After the incident the wild elephant was chased into the jungle by the Wild Life Department Officials and police officials.
He had won award for his efficient and courageous reporting. He was the father of three children.