Attacks by wild elephants continue in villages along the India-Bhutan border in Assam's Udalguri district with three people being trampled to death within a week this month and several houses being damaged.
"Almost every day, elephant herds are entering villages and damaging houses and crops. People are scared and worried. Villagers are being attacked and killed by the animals in their desperate attempt to chase away the herds.”
On Sunday, Harka Bahadur Sunjel was killed by elephants at No. 1 Samrang near Indo- Bhutan border. Four days after Harka Bahadur’s death, Mahadev Orang (60) another villager, was killed in an elephant attack today morning.
Human-elephant conflict is increasing in Udalguri district. Neither BTC nor the state government have taken steps to stop rather lack of ignorance is seen.
With herds of elephants entering human settlements from the hills of Bhutan and adjoining forests almost every day, forest officials are left with little resources to mitigate the conflict.
"It is very difficult to deploy adequate staff at all places as elephants are entering from multiple locations almost every night. Whatever resources we have at our disposal, including 'kunkis' (trained elephants) and firecrackers, are not sufficient to effectively drive out elephants from villages and farmlands at several places," a forest official said. Bagh said in many cases, desperate villagers had to chase away the elephants, putting their lives in danger.
"Destruction of forest cover is the reason behind the rise in human-animal conflict. Unless the forest cover is saved, the problem is only going to aggravate in future," Bagh added.
The city based voluntary organization Save Guwahati Bulid Guwahati (SGBG) condoled on the death of former congress MP Santosh Mohan Deb. In a press release the SGBG said that the demise of the veteran politician is an irreparable lost to the organization. “ He (Deb) helped us a great extent when we went to Delhi to meet then Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh to submit a memorandum urging problem of indigenous people’s land problem”, said Dhiren Baruah, former president of the organization. Baruah added that the ex-MP’s death bereaved all the members of the SGBG. Deb, an influential politician of the Barak valley, breathed his last in a hospital at Shilsor, where he was under- going treatment for a couple of days. He was 82. He represented Assam and Tripura in Lok Sabha for seven times. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled on his death.
Some districts of Assam may be reeling under flood but over all there is big deficit of rainfall in the state, the rainfall also is less than the previous year during the period of June and July, reports Regional Meteorological centre, Guwahati. Assam in 2013, is having a deficit of -37% in comparison to Plus 25% Last year from the Month of June 5th and July 12th. The total rainfall of the monsoon season is however is calculated till the month September.
As far as the entire north East concern most of the state is facing more rain deficit than last year. In 2012, Arunachal Pradesh, Plus 2%,- 2013, -37%, Assam Plus 25% and -38%, Manipur, -73% and -81%, Meghalaya,-26% and -60%, Nagaland,-37% and -53%, Tripura, Normal and -54%. If we compare to total statistic both Normal and in comparison to last year there has been less rainfall in this year. Said Sanjay Anil shaw, Director, Regional Meteorological centre, Guwahati.
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