Struggle to survive kills humans, elephants in rural Sri Lanka

Struggle to survive kills humans, elephants in rural Sri Lanka

Struggle to survive kills humans, elephants in rural Sri Lanka

Written by Zulfick Farzan

18 Sep, 2021 | 5:20 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Human-Elephant conflict has begun to take an increasingly devastating toll on life, of late.

In 24 hours, a family in Anuradhapura lost a father, while another lost a mother in Rajagalathenna.

A 39-year-old father of three was mauled to death by a wild elephant when he was in a jungle to collect bee honey.

An eye-witness said the wild elephant chased after three people, including the victim, through the jungle, however, the victim fell and that was the last time they saw him alive.

A local villager said the 50 acre plot of thick forest is surrounded by villages and encroaching wild elephants has been a perennial issue.

Over in Ampara, a 65-year-old mother came face to face with a lone elephant early this morning.

She was killed instantly and her son who was seriously injured was rushed to hospital.

At the same time, a family of five, parentd and three children, miraculously survived a wild elephant attack on their house in Hambantota.

The man had jumped in front of the elephant and hurled a lamp at it in order to protect his family.

Though the family survive, their houses was turned to rubble.

A wild elephant also brought down a house in Walsapugala, leaving a single-mother and her children with no home.

All these victims have one request in common to the authorities, a permanent solution to the human elephant conflict.

It should be noted that none of them want the wild elephants to be harmed, but they only want a means to survive without any fear.

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