From Thalawa to Mihintale – residents learn to live amidst threat from elephants

From Thalawa to Mihintale – residents learn to live amidst threat from elephants

From Thalawa to Mihintale – residents learn to live amidst threat from elephants

Written by Tharushan Fernando

05 Feb, 2016 | 9:01 pm

Another leg of the awareness programme in areas affected by wild elephant attacks took place in Mihintale on Friday.

The event is organised by News1st, together with the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The awareness was programme was initiated from Thalawa in Anuradhapura, The programme took place at the Galmaduwa Sulubulu Raja Maha Viharaya  on Friday.

This area is one that is constantly threatened by wild elephants.The Galmaduwa village in the Mihintalaya Divisional Secretariat is more battered. Farmlands and houses are not spared by wild elephants that storm in to the village.Locals from a number of surrounding villages attended the programme.

A new hotline was introduced for the locals to immediately inform the Department of Wild Life Conservation on an elephant attack.,

The number is 1992.

This programme was organised in bid to take away the burden of the people who live in fear as they constantly face the threat of wild elephants. The programme will take place at 10 a.m at the Sri Jayawardanarama Temple in Galenbindunuwewa on Saturday.

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