Several houses in Aceh ravaged as wild elephants run amok

Several houses in Aceh ravaged as wild elephants run amok

Illustration - An elephant crossing a road at Alue Kuyun Village, East Woyla Sub-district, West Aceh District, on Tuesday (Nov 19, 2019) (ANTARA/HO)

The local community is extremely afraid since the herd of elephants was still roaming about in the local transmigration area until Wednesday night.
Suka Makmue (ANTARA) - A herd of wild elephants pounded through a transmigration complex in Blang Lango Village, East Seunagan Sub-district, Nagan Raya District, Aceh Province, in the past few days, plundering tens of houses in its path.

"Tens of houses have been destroyed owing to the elephants rampaging through this area," Chief of Blang Lango Village Oediyantri remarked in Suka Makmue on Wednesday night.

The elephants' rampage compelled most local residents to flee to other villages over fears of the safety of their families being endangered.

"The local community is extremely afraid since the herd of elephants was still roaming about in the local transmigration area until Wednesday night," he revealed.

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The elephants also destroyed second crops, banana trees, and palm oil plantations, he stated.

Oediyantri was as yet unable to give an exact figure of the houses destroyed by the herd of wild elephants since village apparatuses had not completed their counting.

The village chief has pinned high hopes of the Aceh Provincial Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) soon dispatching a team of its officers to the scene to deal with the problem of rampaging elephants.

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In June 2019, a herd of 12 elephants also ran amok in the villages of Blang Lango and Tuwi Meuleusong in East Seunagan Sub-district, Nagan Raya District, Aceh Province, wrecking a house and plantations.

However, no lives were lost in the elephants' attack," East Seunagan Sub-district Head Teuku Mukhsin stated.

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