Wild jumbos kill 23 in 10 months in Chhattisgarh

February 11th, 2009 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Feb 11 (IANS) Wild elephants trampled 23 people to death and demolished 775 houses in Chhattisgarh’s forest areas in the last 10 months, the state assembly was told Wednesday.
Forest Minister Vikram Usendi said the government has paid Rs.34.50 lakh (Rs.3.45 million) compensation amount to victims’ families and Rs.23.43 lakh (Rs.2.34 million) to those whose houses were brought down by rampaging jumbos.

The minister said the government had also paid a little over Rs.10 million to 8,129 people whose standing crops were destroyed during this fiscal by wild elephants.

He said the state’s six districts - Surguja, Koria, Jashpur, Raigarh, Korba and Mahasamund - are hit by the jumbo menace.

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