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India - Elephants destroy vegetables worth Rs 1 mln in Ganjam

Crops and vegetables worth Rs 1 mln (€13,000) were destroyed under the feet of a marauding herd of elephants at Bhushunda village under the Shergarh block in the Ganjam district in the wee hours of Monday.

According to the farmers, a herd of 14 elephants unleashed a reign of terror at Bhushunda village throughout Monday night. At about 4 am, they went towards the nearby jungle, leaving a trail of destruction behind them. Crops and vegetables like tomatoes, brinjals, lady’s fingers, beans, sugarcane, green gram, cauliflowers, and pumpkins were found destroyed.

Krushna Chandra Nayak, Sanyasi Swain, Bhajaram Swain, Prafulla Nayak are some of the farmers who have suffered crop loss. Later, a forest department team led by forester Subhashree Satpathy visited the village to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile, local residents urged the administration to suitably compensate the farmers.

Villagers of twenty nearby villages are in fear, thinking about which village would be the next target of these wild animals in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.  They urged the forest department to take steps to save their hard-grown vegetables and crops.

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