Peo­ple live in fear due to ele­phant threats in Mi­hin­tale

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY ATHULA BANDARA

The vil­lagers of the up-stream of Ma­hakanadara­wa wewa in Mi­hin­tale live in fear and suf­fer due to ele­phant threats on th­ese days.

The peo­ple who live in many vil­lages such as Pothana, iha­lagama, Netiyagama, neesiyagam­a, Werup­panku­lama, pudukku­lama, Su­rukku­lama, Nochchiku­lama, Maradankal­la, Mudewa,we­lanku­lama and Karadikku­lama are suf­fer­ing and liv­ing in fear.

A lone ele­phant that roamed into a house in Su­rukku­lama vil­lage last Fri­day (13) had de­stroyed the cul­ti­vated crops of the peo­ple and eaten sev­eral bags of ‘ku­rakkan’ and gone back to the for­est af­ter de­stroy­ing the brick walls of the house. An adult cou­ple had lived in this house when the ele­phant had come and at­tacked their abode.

When the ele­phant had at­tacked the house the woman had fled the house and es­caped. The vic­tim K. Wi­malawathi (68) said the cou­ple was en­gaged in agri­cul­ture and that her hus­band(71) had gone to a nearby vil­lage for work due to pre­vail­ing drought. Ac­cord­ing to her, the ele­phant had de­stroyed ev­ery­thing that they earned dur­ing their life­time.

They said that Mi­hin­tale Pradeshiya Sabha had used the gov­ern­ment for­est re­serve to dump garbage and the ele­phants are at­tracted to the house­hold garbage. There­fore, the vil­lagers re­quest the Min­is­ter of Wildlife to take steps to drive away the ele­phants to a dis­tant for­est.

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