Warnings ignored, jumbos create havoc

Mawkyrwat, Dec 14: The United Achik Youth Forum (UAYF) has criticised the district administration as well as the state’s Wildlife Department as they ignored warnings of an impending attack of a herd of wild elephants leading to the destruction of a house at Kalaphara.
The village through which the elephants trampled through falls under the Ranikor Sub Division, South West Khasi Hills bordering Bangladesh.
The UAYF said the elephant herd moved through the house of Kurinath Ch Sangma yesterday around 7.30 pm leading to the house being completely destroyed.
“On December 12, we had warned the administration as well as Wildlife Department of a group of wild elephants that were spotted nearby and of an impending attack by the pachyderms. However despite providing information, nothing was done on the ground to protect the lives of the people who later ran for their lives when the elephants stormed the village,” said Sangra Marak, president of UAYF.
The attacks, as per the NGO, had been very frequent in recent times.
This is the third such instance of elephants ravaging through human habitations, mainly due to the presence of food and grains in the past few months. Although no lives were lost in the attacks by the elephant herds, significant damage had been done to people’s property in the villages where the elephants moved through.
The NGO added that it has been requesting the state and district administration for setting up of a wildlife camp to monitor the situation.
However, these requests have yielded no results.
“I have even submitted applications on behalf of the people on the matter. They have been saving themselves by being very vigilant. On behalf of the people of the region, I request the authorities to kindly take notice and act on the matter before there are casualties or untoward incidents,” added Sangra.