Team mobilized to contain rampage of Dhurbe elephant; urgent appeal to stay indoors unless essential

Published On: November 13, 2023 12:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

CHITWAN, Nov 12: Locals are panicked after ‘Dhrube’ a wild elephant, which has killed many people, started moving towards human settlements from Chitwan National Park (CNP). For the past 15 days, Dhrube has started appearing in Madi area and Ward No. 23 and 24 of Bharatpur Metropolitan City.

Ganesh Prasad Tiwari, information officer of CNP, said that the elephants have entered the settlement and destroyed the houses and the stored grain crops. According to him, two teams have been mobilized for elephant control.

He said, “Two teams with technicians have been mobilized for the last 15 days after the elephants started giving troubles to the local residents.”

He said that if an elephant is seen, they will use the dart with anti-seizure drugs. For this it must have been in an open space or on a wide road. He said 'satellite collar' will be connected to the elephant along with this. He said that by connecting the collar, information about the elephant's activities can be obtained. For this, the CNP’s team, Nepali army team, Nepal police, local and intermediate consumer committee have been patrolling day and night.

As elephants have been spotted in the area around the park, the CNP has requested to be careful when going out in the evening and morning. He said, “We request the people not to go out except for essential work in the evening and early morning, as there may be human casualties.” If people have to go out, the office has appealed to turn on the touch light and go out in groups. Every year the elephant enters the settlement area and causes suffering to the common people. According to the park, it has killed more than 22 people so far.

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