One Killed As Fresh Man-Jumbo Conflict Erupts In Dhenkanal

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Dhenkanal: In the latest instance of man-elephant conflict, a 45-year-old man gored to death by a wild elephant near Goudakateni canal area under Motanga police station jurisdiction of Dhenkanal district.

It’s pertinent to note here that two persons were trampled to death on April 12 in forested areas of the district as a fresh bout man-elephant confrontation has erupted in the district.

The incident had occurred Goudakateni village when the victim Gobind Chandra Debata was engaged in construction work at the canal site.

The wild elephant came from nowhere and trampled him to death, said forest officials.

The spots where tragic death was reported are close to elephants’ habitation corridor. The animals stray into the agriculture field nearby to devour the crop field, which leads to frequent outbreak of man-elephant conflict, said officials.

The next kin of the bereaved family is being covered ex-gratia financial aid of Rs 4 lakh each as per rule prescribed for human death due to attack protected animals, said forest officials.

Odisha is home to 1976 elephants with 1092 of them being female species as the latest headcount of these animals.

As many as 84 human deaths have been recorded between April 2017 and March 09, 2018, which is one of worst years from point of view of human-elephant conflicts. During the same period, 71 jumbos have died. The current year which ended on March 31 has registered 117 elephant-human confrontations-highest in past four years.

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