Guwahati/Baksa: With the floods hitting the state, some areas in Baksa had witnessed an elephant invasion where a herd of wild elephants had destroyed a massive amount harvested crops and left a family homeless.
As per information available, on Monday night, Baksa’s Nikashi area was “invaded” by a herd of wild elephants which had come down from the hilly forest areas of Assam-Bhutan border. The elephants were said to have come into the human habitat areas in search of food.
The herd on reaching a village area had destroyed several properties and also a house belonging to one Prem Bahadur Sonari. Prem along with his family somehow manage to escape from the elephants but could not save his house and the crops stored in it.
Earlier on Saturday, one person in the Nonaipara area of Udalguri was allegedly killed during an elephant attack.
The deceased was identified as Amar Suna, 38, a tea garden worker. He was allegedly crushed by a massive herd of wild elephants in front of his house while he was trying to chase the “invading” elephants from damaging the property of the tea garden as well as houses of the other workers.
The workers on Sunday have approached the forest department to ask for help and initiatives to chase away the elephants with allegedly come to the human habitats frequently.
It may be mentioned that every year during the flood season, herds of wild jumbos come in the human villages in search of food as the forest areas witness a shortage of food. The elephants also come to the villages as they have the idea that humans have huge farm areas that they can eat in times of shortage.
This visit by the elephants often results in a man-elephant conflict and every year, the state loses several human as well as elephant lives due to this conflict.
Additional inputs by Nanda Budathoki Chetry