Bhubaneswar, Oct 27 (LocalWire) In the latest bout of man-elephant conflict, a herd of 12 wild elephants have let loose a reign of terror in two forest-side gram panchayats under Jhumpura block of Keonjhar district.
While one person was injured today as an elephant tossed him up in Malada village, acres of croplands were ravaged by the straying animals in Malada and Basantpur gram panchayats since past 48 hours.
It’s sleepless nights for the villagers and forest personnel as jumbos enter into crop fields after sunset causing damage to standing crops and vegetable plants.
There are reports of houses being damaged by rampaging elephants, said forest officials.
Forest personnel have rushed to the elephant depredation-hit villages and stepped up vigil to chase away the animals to their original habitation corridors.
The farmers who have suffered crop loss would be duly compensated by the forest department, said the officials.