GUWAHATI: Human-animal conflicts continue to be a major problem in different parts of the state With the water levels receding in almost all areas of the state, human-elephant conflicts have increased in the current time.
One such incident took place in the West Karbi Anglong District of the state. A large number of wild elephants have continued to cause massive devastation over the last few days. Local people have mentioned that a herd of wild elephants have wreaked havoc in the several villages of the district. These include the Hawaipur Jiribasa Gaon, Jirim Boroholi, Nepali Village and Goha Village of the district. The elephant herd has reportedly damaged houses, cash crops and even paddy plantations in these villages. The local people have also questioned the inability of the Kheroni Forest Division to bring this problem under control.
Another incident took place in the Tamulpur district of the state wherein a large herd of wild elephants blocked an important highway. The incident occurred on the important Rangiya Tamulpur Bhutan Road which serves as a very important trade and transport route. The herd of wild elephants stood on the highway for quite some time, thus blocking all traffic on the route for the duration. People had to wait till the herd later moved away from the road and the vehicles could finally cross the area. Local people mentioned that this has become a regular happening in the locality. They mentioned that a large number of elephants come out of the nearby forest areas in search of food, causing massive problems for the local people and they have lost their sleep in regards to the incident.
It can be noted that this is also the season for the cultivation of paddy. These elephants come out in large numbers to consume the fresh paddy thus increasing the problems of the rural public.