TEZPUR, July 5 – One hundred and sixteen people lost their lives in man-elephant conflicts in Assam during 1997-2010, forest officials said today, reports PTI.
The casualties took place despite precautionary measures for protection of human inhabited areas in forest land and intensified activities of the Assam Forest Protection Force close to Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, they said.
Elephants migrating to various areas in the division located in Sonitpur district and adjoining areas had trampled to death at least 100 villagers and damaged standing crops worth Rs 20 crore during the last decade alone, they said.
The forest department had assessed 1,150 hectares of crop areas and 1,376 dwelling houses damaged by the elephants, particularly in the tea garden areas.
Besides, 33 elephants were killed due to poisoning, electrocution, train accident and bullet injury among other reasons during the past six years, sources said.
Elephants crossed over to the northern part of the Brahmaputra from the Kaziranga National Park and also from Arunachal Pradesh during crop seasons.