35-Year-Old Woman Killed by Wild Elephant in Dimakusi, Udalguri
Wild elephant assaults have claimed the lives of around 20-25 individuals, as well as approximately 5 elephants.
GUWAHATI: In the Dimakusi region of Udalguri district, a 35-year-old lady was crushed to death by a wild elephant.
As per reports, the victim identified as Somrani Tamang was attacked by a herd of wild elephants in Udalguri at 10 - 11 p.m.
In their pursuit of food, the elephants have repeatedly damaged buildings and enormous quantities of crops in the vicinity. The elephant herd stays in the tea garden during the day but comes out at night to wreak havoc. Wild elephant assaults have claimed the lives of around 20-25 individuals, as well as approximately 5 elephants. The situation is being investigated by the forest service.
In another similar incident as such, another woman was crushed to death by a wild elephant in the Goalpara district on 29th October.
The victim was identified as Tilotoma Ray (70) and was killed when she was moving around her home. On 9th October a 21-year-old woman Jyoti Tanti in Assam's Golaghat also died with similar happenings while she was taking bath in the village river.
Last month a BJP leader, Rajib Boro was also crushed by a herd of elephants near the Rani reserve forest just outskirts of Guwahati.
Incidents like this and conflicts between man-animals are very common in Assam due to heavy deforestation. Cutting down forests and mountains cause various types of disruptions. Due to this animals like elephants come down to the cities and villages in search of food and fodder which got destroyed due to utter deforestation. Wild animals are hence not possible to be controlled easily. Destruction is common and therefore killings are seen happenings in pacing rate.
As per the reports of Forest and Wildlife Department officials 891 humans have died by similar mishaps because of man-animal conflicts.