Elephants raze houses, villagers flee

November 10th, 2010 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Nov 10 (IANS) Nine families of a Chhattisgarh village took refuge in a government school in Surguja district after a herd of wild jumbos demolished their houses, officials said Wednesday.

“Some 60 people have taken shelter in the school since Tuesday morning,” a forest department official told IANS. The families hail from Korvapara village, some 400 km north of Raipur. The attack took place Monday.

Chhattisgarh’s vast northern region has seen a sharp rise in man-elephant conflicts in recent years. The government annually pays millions of rupees in compensation for humans killed by elephants.

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