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Plea for protection from wild elephants


Nepalnews
2022 Jan 31, 19:47, Jhapa
Jhapa district Photo courtesy: Wonaw

Locals of Buddashanti rural municipality in Jhapa have demanded protection from wild elephants from the local administration.

A group of locals submitted a memo to the District Administration Office and Division Forest Office in Jhapa demanding a sustainable solution to their problem.

An elderly at Mechinagar-13 in the district succumbed to a wild elephant attack today. Two people recently lost their lives to an elephant attack while two others were injured, said Sitaram Bastola, secretary of the Committee formed by the affected locals.

According to the memo, the wild elephants till now have destroyed 250 houses at wards no 1, 2, and 3 in the rural municipality and crops worth over Rs 1.2 million, the memo stated.

The terror of wild elephants has also begun taking a psychological toll on the women and children, mentioned the memo, adding that the locals often spend sleepless nights in fear of wild elephant attacks.

Affected locals have demanded patrolling at night in the affected areas, installing solar fencing around forest areas, and adopting ways and means to chase away the elephants.

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