Elephant-Human Conflict In Palasa Area Of AP

Pachyderms have been regularly damaging crops and plantations in certain mandals of the Srikakulam district.

Srikakulam: Several herds of elephants have strayed into paddy fields spread over 23 acres in Palasa and LN Peta mandals, causing large-scale destruction.

Elephant menace has become a regular feature in Neelibhadra, Narayanapuram and Bantukotturu villages of Palasa mandal during the past couple of weeks. As many as seven herds have been spotted leaving fields in the early hours ofA�Wednesday.A�They had totally destroyed the just-sown paddy fields. Scuff marks indicated that pachyderms had left for Porukonda.

It has been reported that elephants stayed overnight on Wednesday at mango plantations in Sidhantam village and destroyed themA�too. Later they entered the abutting fields and pulled out paddy saplings, causing a huge loss to the neighbouring farmers.

Farmers in all these mandals had planted their fields with paddy following the recent rains.

They are demanding that the government come to their rescue immediately.

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