Six people have lost their lives in the past five months in Jhapa district of Nepal.

The victims were individuals collecting fodder, going for morning walks, or asleep at home.

According to Meghraj Rai, Chief of the Division Forest Office in Jhapa, two more fatalities were reported just this week. The latest victims, Khadgamaya Mabo, 58, and Pabitra Bhetuwal, 60, both residents of Kamal Rural Municipality-5 and Shibasatakshi-11 respectively, succumbed to the attacks.

Ruma Subba, a resident of Kamal Rural Municipality-5, expressed prevailing anxiety, highlighting constant apprehension of potential wild animal attacks.

All 15 localities within the district are deemed vulnerable to elephant encounters, with fatalities distributed across various areas, including Damak Municipality, Shibasatakshi, Haldibari, and Kamal Rural Municipality.

Moreover, the menace of the elephants extends to neighboring districts like Morang and Sunsari.

Reports suggest that a herd of 29 wild elephants infiltrated Nepal from India through the Bahunadangi point and remains at large. The Division Forest Office estimates that over 60 wild elephants roam the territories of Jhapa, Morang, and Sunsari districts, posing a persistent threat to human lives and livelihoods.


With inputs via RSS