Rampant herd of elephants forcing several families to live on trees

In a bizarre event people of four families have been forced to live on trees due to the fear of elephants that have gone wild near Ranchi, Jharkhand.

As per the reports, several elephants in a herd have gone wild and have created chaos among villagers near Ranchi along people travelling along the Ranchi- Jamshedpur National Highway. Movement on the highway has been widely affected due to this.

Villagers are living in fear since then and have been forced to live on trees in order to protect themselves from the rampant elephants. As per the reports, some families living in  Loharatola village in Bundu, around 45 km from Ranchi, have shifted on trees after elephants destroyed their houses.

Members of these families are terrified and they sleep on trees itself. “During the daytime, we are involved in farming activities. The children collect small pieces of bricks for pelting at the elephants,” said Janki Munda, head of a family which lives on trees.

Families in this village make their living from agriculture and have no other means to make living. The village also lacks the basic facilities. In morning, these villagers cultivate their land and they sleep on trees in the night due to the fear of rampant elephants.

If reports are to be believed then over elephants have killed over 1000 people in Jharkhand since 2000. According to Census, Jharkhand had 624 elephants in 2007 and the count increased to 688 in 2012.

“We will immediately send a team of senior officials and all possible help will be extended to the families living on trees,” Sukhdeo Singh, Jharkhand Forest and Environment Secretary, told IANS.

 “We are working on short- and long-term plans to minimise the conflict between humans and elephants,” he added.

 

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