Elephant attack on rise: Woman mauled to death, houses damaged
Sundargarh: In yet another elephant attack, was violently mauled to death by an elephant in Kuanrmunda range of Rourkela Forest Division (RFD) in Sundargarh district on the wee hours of Monday. With this, the total human casualties in elephant raids within the RFD limits rose to seven in as many months.
As per reports, the house of victim Basumati Badaik (45), located at a secluded area of Bijubandh village, was attacked by two elephants at about 2 am. As Basumati ran for life, she was caught by an elephant. Her body was badly mutilated before being ripped into four pieces.
A herd of elephants also damaged four houses in that area, including the house of the deceased woman. Tension prevailed in the area after the incident. Sources said a herd comprising of five elephants had entered into Bijubandh village at Kacharu area under Kuanrmunda forest range on Sunday midnight.
Forest officials, who were camping in that village, tried to drive them away but two elephants entered into two houses. The persons who were present in that house fled while the elephants damaged it.
Another group of three elephants entered into another house and crushed an elderly women to death there.