Written by Staff Writer
08 Sep, 2015 | 7:43 pm
Environmentalists are of the view that humans taking over lands from forest reserves have attributed to the rise in wild elephant attacks.
During a visit, News 1st Cameras captured the manner in which forest reserves had been taken over in several areas in the Hambantota District.
This is the land which bears a sign that it comes under the purview of the Department of Wild Life Conservation in the Hambantota District. Please see video. However, when one enters the forest reserve this is what can be witnessed.
Locals in the area charge that outsiders had demarcated this land which is said to be a part of the forest reserve. News 1st on Tuesday, visited the Mattala, Kurudana, Ketenwawa and Keliyapura villages under the jurisdiction of the Hambantota Divisional Secretariat.
Trees such as Margosa and Satinwood had been felled in these lands in addition to the preparations that have been made for constructions. Locals says that the construction only takes place during the weekends.
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