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Wild elephant goes rogue in Assam's Hojai district

It has been reported the tusker came in search of food came out of the Dighalbari reserve forest and terrorized the villagers residing in Hojai.

Assam, Wild elephant, Human-elephant conflict,  Dighalbari Village, Hojai

Sentinel Digital Desk

Guwahati: Assam flood has not only become a threat to human life, but it has also affected animals greatly. In the latest incident of man vs wild, a wild elephant wreaked havoc in Assam's Hojai district.

According to reports, the tusker came in search of food outside the Dighalbari reserve forest and terrorized the villagers residing in the thereabouts. Later, the jumbo destroyed three houses belonging to locals Mousumi Hasam, Jiteshwar Hasam, and Jyotika Kurmi at Dighalbari Village in Hojai.

"The incident took place at around 3 am, when suddenly an elephant in search of food, attacked our home. The elephant destroyed our house. We screamed aloud, the nearby residents came to rescue us, luckily we were saved, now we have nothing to eat and no roof, already the third wave of flood has hit us hard, then this Jumbo's attack, the government should provide us aid immediately," informed Jyotika Kurmi, who has been grieving because of the destruction of her property.

"The animals are suffering from scarcity of food at the reserve due to continuous flood within these two months; as a result, they are moving towards the village," reported by another villager.

In view of the scenario, villagers said that the Forest department doesn't take note of their complaints and doesn't take major steps to stop the increasing man and animal conflict in the region.

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