Goalpara: Three people including a child lost their lives in an elephant attack in Assam's Goalpara district here on Monday.
As per reports, the incident took place at Kurang village near Lakhipur along the Assam-Meghalaya border in the early hours.
A herd of wild elephants came to the area from the nearby hills area of Meghalaya for searching food and attacked the people.
"Three people including a child were killed in an elephant attack. The incident was taken place along Assam-Meghalaya bordering area," ANI quoted Dhruba Dutta, Forest Range Officer of Lakhipur as saying.
As per locals, the wild elephants often come to the area and damage properties.
Last month, a wild elephant attacked one youth at the Amching Jorabat area in Guwahati while in May, three of a family were trampled to death by wild elephants in the Goalpara district.
The incident took place at Salbari Angtihara village under the Lakhipur forest range in Goalpara district.
In one of the harshest forms of man-elephant conflict, 229 humans lost their lives in Assam in the past three years – 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22.
Assam lost 75 human lives in 2019-20, as many as 91 in 2020-21, and 63 in 2021-22.
The shrinking elephant habitats lead the pachyderms to make a foray into human habitats, leading to such conflicts and rampant deforestation in the state also aggravates the situation.
According to Forest sources, 33 elephant casualties due to electrocution took place in the state in three years – nine in 2018-19, 11 in 2019-20, and 13 in 2020-21.
The sources further added that 15 elephants died in three years – four in 2019, six in 2020 and five in 2021 – after being hit by trains in NF Railway's jurisdiction.