(VIDEO) Wild elephants storm Walsapugala not far from satyagraha camp site

(VIDEO) Wild elephants storm Walsapugala not far from satyagraha camp site

Written by Zulfick Farzan

03 Feb, 2021 | 12:57 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Wild Elephants were seen roaming extremely closed to the site of the satyagraha campaign launched by farmers in Walsapugala, Hambantota.

Footage obtained News 1st showed farmers running in all directions on Tuesday (02) night to chase away the wild elephants from their village.

Wild elephants had caused considerable damage to several houses in the village and no casualties were reported, according to News 1st correspondent who visited the location.

“All we want is an elephant fence to be set up,’ said one village while another added the ruler do not understand the situation they face.

For the 17th consecutive day on Wednesday (03), farmers in Walsapugala are staging a Sathyagraha campaign demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government gazette.

The Walsapugala village in Hambantota is a village in the frontlines of the Human-Elephant conflict, and for many years the people in this village have been living in fear for their lives.

Government and Opposition politicians time to time have visited the farmers and requested them to call off their campaign, however as a proper solution was not given, all talks failed.

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