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Ampara residents lament spike in wild elephant invasions

Wild elephants in a paddy field in Dadayanthalawa.  Picture by I.L.M. Rizan, Addalaichenai Central Corr.
Wild elephants in a paddy field in Dadayanthalawa. Picture by I.L.M. Rizan, Addalaichenai Central Corr.

Wild elephant invasions have spiked in Ampara, especially in the district’s Addalaichenai, Akkaraipattu, Nintavur, Sammanthurai, Alayadivembu, Thirukkovil, Pottuvil, Irakkamam, Navithanveli and Uhana divisional secretariat divisions, villagers said.

“People are unable to chase these elephants away as they often travel in herds, especially at dusk.

Furthermore, invasions increase as harvesting comes to an end,” they said, adding that the elephants have a habit of destroying paddy stores, houses, and parapet walls.

Many people have been forced to wonder into jungles to chase away wild elephants and children are unable to concentrate on their studies in fear of an attack, residents said.

They urged the authorities to address the issue immediately. They added that the setting up of an electric fence would be useful against the invasions.


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