New Delhi: Villagers in and around the Ranchi-Jamshedpur National Highway are living in terror, thanks to a herd of elephants that seem to have gone wild.
According to reports, the elephants have caused a chaos, which has highly affected the movement along the highway and have also caused families of the village to live on the trees!
Yes, in order to protect themselves from the damage that the elephants have or might cause, some families living in Loharatola village in Bundu, around 45 km from Ranchi, have shifted on trees after elephants destroyed their houses.
As per the TeCake, 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.
These are agricultural families and have no other source of income. There is also a dearth of basic facilities and amenities in the village. During the day, they cultivate their land and go to sleep on the trees at night.
Statistics state that, 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, the Tecake reported.
“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.