Thursday, December 14, 2017
The deceased was identified as Md Kamaluddin, 52, hailed from the area.
Locals said some 3-4 wild elephants swoop out of the jungle while Kamaluddin was working on the field in the early morning and trampled him to death while he tried to flee out of fear.
Locals believed the elephant herd came out of the jungle in search for foods.
Confirming the matter to Banglanews, Bandarban sadar police station officer-in-charge (OC) Md Golam Sarwar said, on information, police recovered the body from the spot.
However, elephant attack in several areas of Bandarban is not uncommon. Previously peoples have died as elephants suddenly came out of the wild into locality and attacked them.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
An elderly man has been trampled to death by a domesticated elephant in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar.
The female elephant, named Lakkhi, became agitated and attacked Ishak Ali, a 75-year-old local, while it was moving past the Banglabazar area around 4pm on Sunday.
The elephant knocked the old man down with its trunk first, and then crushed his head under its foot, leaving him dead on the spot, according to witnesses.
The mahout driving the elephant was on his way back to the upazila headquarters from the neighbouring Kamalganj upazila.
Kulaura police station Officer-in-Charge Shamim Musa said the elephant had already been subdued and tied to a large tree with iron chains.
The body of the deceased will be sent to a hospital morgue for autopsy, and steps to take regarding the elephant will be decided after consultation with the Forest Department.
The elephant’s owner Mostofa Uddin, a resident of Kulaura Sadar upazila, could not be reached for comment by phone.
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Imports of trophies from elephants legally hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe had been set to resume, reversing a 2014 Obama-era ban.
But late on Friday, President Trump tweeted the change was on hold until he could “review all conservation facts”.
The move to relax the ban had sparked immediate anger from animal activists.
“Your shameful actions confirm the rumours that you are unfit for office,” said French actress and animal-rights activist Brigitte Bardot in a letter to President Trump.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
In the last couple of months, the tolls of human and elephant casualties increased amid a large part of elephant ranges being allocated as shelters to the Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar as well as brought under crop cultivation projects.
Department of Forests officials told New Age that at least 12 people were trampled to death by elephant herds and eight elephants were found dead in Cox’s Bazar, Sherpur, Bandarban and Moulavibazar this year.
Of the casualties, eight people were killed by elephants in September and October while five wild elephants were killed in the two months.
At least six Rohingyas, temporarily camped at forestlands at Kutupalang and Balukhali of Ukhia under Cox’s Bazar, were reportedly trampled by wild elephants in September and October so far.
Besides the areas, earlier designated for the Rohingya people at Kutupalang, forest officials said, the government allocated an additional 3,000 acres of forestlands at Ukhia, entirely on the elephant trails, for sheltering over six lakh newly-arrived Rohingyas.
Wildlife and Nature Conservation Circle conservator Jahidul Kabir observes that elephant is now the most endangered species as their habitats have been destroyed by human intervention.
He added that three elephants were killed during the recent landslides in the Chittagong division while another one was found dead with wounds besides the River Naf in Cox’s Bazar.
In the last two months, at least three people were trampled by wild elephants along the Bangladesh-India border in Sherpur as local people tried to resist stray elephants from destroying crops.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Official sources say two wild elephants were found dead in the frontier area of Sreebardi upazila in Sherpur in this month (Oct 6 and 8). Both the elephants died after they came in contact with live wire placed on an Aman paddy field to protect it from animals. On August 13, another elephant was found dead at Haluahati village in Sreebardi upazila.
"The incidents of wild elephants falling victims to electrocution has recently marked a rise as farmers are increasingly installing generators and electric wires in their paddy fields to save their crops from elephants that come from Indian side," said Jahidul Kabir, forest conservator of Wildlife and Nature Conservation here, told UNB. He said three elephants were electrocuted recently in Sherpur while another was killed in 2015.
Asian elephants are said to be migratory animals as they can cover a considerable distance within a short period of time. In forests, elephant herds follow a well-defined migration route. The presence of traffic on roads, construction of steep retaining walls, barbed-wire fences, and the presence of human population along the corridor and routes can limit the migration of elephants that ultimately hinders their genetic diversity.Jahidul Kabir said when trans-boundary elephants enter Bangladesh's territory facing food crisis in India. "Once in Bangladesh territory, they find no suitable habitat here either."
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The attack occurred late Friday in the Balukhali camp in the coastal Cox's Bazaar city, the UN migration agency in Bangladesh said on its Twitter account.
One of the girls aged five years died on the spot, while the other 13-year-old girl succumbed to her wounds at the hospital, the agency added.
Since Aug. 25, some 536,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.
The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.
According to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.
The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.
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"Every minute counts given the fragile condition they're arriving in", said Mahecic.
Jens Laerke, spokesman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that Rohingya in Rakhine now faced a "desperate choice whether to stay or go", not only due to the violence but also humanitarian needs. "They started firing on the village".
This new influx of refugees flee to join the over 536,000 Rohingya Muslims who have already escaped Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 when coordinated attacks were carried out by the Army on their settlements in Rakhine State.
"The military killed my brother".
"Twenty-one passengers were rescued, while many others are believed to have gone missing, " the officer said.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August 25, when the military launched a crackdown decried by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing".
The Rohingya are fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused troops of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against them.
Thousands of new Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Bangladesh on Monday after fleeing severe hunger in Myanmar.
The UNHCR said it was working with the Bangladesh government to complete a new transit centre in Kutupalong, the largest of the refugee camps housing the Rohingya.
District forest official Mohammed Ali Kabir said a herd of elephants entered the Balukhali camp in Ukhiya town early on Saturday and trampled tents where several refugees were sleeping.
The camp would be the largest in the world and has raised concerns about the risks of heavily concentrating such a large number of vulnerable people, such as the spread of disease.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Md Rabiul Islam, Balijhuri range officer of the Forest Department, said locals spotted the elephant’s body in a paddy field in Balijuri border area at 8:30 am.
On information, the officials of the department went to the spot and made the viscera report.
It might be died after coming in contact with live electric wire placed in Aman paddy field to protect it from animals, added the official.
Later, the elephant was buried there, he added.
Earlier on October 6 and August 13, two wild elephants were found dead at Rangajan and Haluahati villages of Sreebardi upazila.
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Arakan news agency reported that a woman and a child were killed after they were stepped over by elephants, while another man has broken his pelvis bone and spine also his wife was injured.
Because of the influx of large numbers of refugees in Bangladesh, many of them are now trying to find shelters, which leads them to move towards the forests, which is full of wild animals and puts them at risk of being attacked by elephants and other animals.
Wild animals has exacerbated the tragedy of the Rohingya Muslims after fleeing Arakan, Myanmar, and reaching Bangladesh where difficult living conditions, lack of safe drinking water and food, and the risk of epidemics due to poor infrastructure.
Eleven people have been trampled on in recent days, especially during the night when people are asleep. Two men were attacked on September 19th, and a man and a child were trampled on September 25, all the vicitms were killed.
Asian elephants are among the most dangerous in Bangladesh. Many of them travel in the Chittagong region of the southeast, where there are a large number of refugees.
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
But as he slept last night in a fragile shelter in a forested area near Kutupalong refugee camp, rampaging elephants crashed in on top of his family.
The 18-year-old’s father and a seven-month-old baby were killed in the attack, which also injured seven of his relatives.
Grazed on the cheek, neck and hip, he trekked barefoot up a hillside overlooking the makeshift camp this morning to bury them.
“We thought we would be safe here,” he says, numb with disbelief, standing beside his father’s grave, marked with small bamboo stakes.
A few paces away, the tiny body of his infant relative lies on the muddy ground, wrapped in a white cloth. A man scoops out her shallow grave with a farm tool as a group of men stand solemnly by.
The deaths highlight one of the unexpected dangers facing refugees and the risks as humanitarian actors respond to the arrival in Bangladesh of at least 429,000 people who have fled the latest outbreak of violence that erupted in Myanmar on August 25, according to UNHCR report.
As two formal refugee camps in Bangladesh are overwhelmed, thousands are seeking shelter where they can - some in an uninhabited forested area outside Kutupalong camp.
“The area is currently completely wild, so the people who are settling-in where there is wildlife,” says Franklin Golay, a staff member for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, who is working to provide water, sanitation and shelter at the informal camp.
“There are elephants roaming around that pose a threat,” he says.
Asian elephants are considered a critically endangered species in Bangladesh, where conservationists estimate there are presently just 239 living in the wild.
Many roam in the Chittagong area in the southeast of the country, where the refugee influx is concentrated.
Local residents say the elephants are drawn to populated areas in the Monsoon season, when fruit including mangos and jackfruit ripen.
Securing the rugged and partially forested area to mitigate the risk could be achieved with lights or electric fencing, Golay says.
But for Alam’s grieving family, who fled persecution across the border in Myanmar, the attack is a stark reminder that their trials are not yet over.
“We ran from danger, and we are still in a dangerous situation now,” says Ali Hussein, the dead man’s uncle. “This cannot be forgotten.”
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
The deceased was identified as Gonu Mia (mahout), 42, son of one late Siraj Mia, hailed from Monsora village of Kormoda union.
Family Sources said the incident took place at noon while Gonu Mia was heading for work in the garden. The elephant suddenly became anxious, therefore, charged him after grabbing him with its trunk and trampled him to death.
Later the body was recovered from the spot and taken to the factory of Marina Tea Garden.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kulaura Police Station confirmed the matter to Banglanews.
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Saturday, September 09, 2017
A state forest official said the elephants landed up in Northern part of Bangladesh after breaking the border fencing in the Garo Hills-Bangladesh sector.
The elephants are not being able to come back since many habitations have come up in and around the routes earlier taken by the elephants in the Bangladesh border.
“When the time came for them to return to Meghalaya, the new human habitations prevented the easy passage of the elephants,” the official added.
According to the official, the Bangladeshi residents and forest officials had noticed the elephant herd and concluded that they were from Meghalaya as there were no wild elephants belonging to Bangladesh in the northern part of the country.
Since the elephants cannot come back to Meghalaya, the only way is to protect them.
It was in this context that on July 27, the second Indo-Bangladesh dialogue for trans-boundary conservation of elephants was held in Shillong.
The purpose of the meeting was to sign a protocol to allow animals to move freely.
“Unlike human beings, animals need unrestricted movement across the border and the protocol by both the countries will ensure safety of the animals as they are vulnerable along the border,” the forest official added.
According to the official, India has already ratified the protocol and a similar response from Bangladesh is awaited.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Surgeon Md. Nizam said, in different places of the country, in 2013, 6 wild elephants were brought to Safari Park and the pox was adopted. Of these two men and 4 females. After so many years on Sunday, elephants gave birth to the firstborn of elephants in the park. At present, the number of elephants in the Safari Park is 7. Earlier, no park or zoo has an elephant delivery information in the enclosed environment.
The birth weight of the breed was about 60 kg. An adult elephant usually weighs four thousand to five thousand kg. Elephants are capable of breeding in 18-20 years. Their pregnancy time is 20-?2 months. Generally after four to five years a baby is born. There are breasts in the chest (two nipple) between the two legs in front of the elephant. The breed usually drinks the mother's milk for three to three years.
The average life expectancy of elephants is 100 years. Mother elephant with a baby is kept separate. The child is under the care of the mother. The child is walking around with the mother.Veterinary surgeon Md. Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said that the mother and the boy elephant are in her surveillance. There the tourists' travel was limited. Mother elephant is being fed every day with 20 kg of banana trees, 50 kg sweet pumpkin, 50 kg of sugarcane, 10 kg carrots, 3 kg of lemon and rice (rice).
After about four years the baby elephant started to eat natural foods. For the mother elephant not to suffer from malnutrition, she is being supplied with necessary food and medicines and kept under intensive scrutiny. Officer in charge of the park. Shahabuddin said that the incident of elephant breeding in a zoo or a Safari park (Captivity) is a rare incident in the country. Both mother and herb are both healthy. But they have been kept in special care.
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Sunday, September 03, 2017
A herd of elephants, numbering 30-40, came down the hills around 11:00pm and damaged a paddy field in the area, said Md Rezaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Sribardi police.
When the locals tried to ward off the elephants, they attacked them, leaving Abdul Hye, 70, son of Tonu Mandal, dead on the spot and his wife and son Israfil Mia injured, the OC added.
The injured were admitted to Sribardi upazila health complex.
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Arakan News Agency reporter said the raging elephant had demolished more than 3 Rohingya refugee huts and the local residents had fled, but this old man fell under his feet and could not escape.
The footage shows the elderly man with a swollen face with multiple fracture of his leg and other sporadic injuries.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
The wild elephants are also damaged some 13 shedes at Kutupalong makeshift refugees camp under.
The deceased is identified as Mohammad Sarif, 60, son of Ali Johar, Block-E/3 of Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp.
Mohammad Abul Khair, officer-in-charge if Ukhiya police station, said one wild elephant attacked Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp at about 1:00am Sunday. All the refugees were asleep.
He said first the elephant attacked Sharif’s shed. Sharif’s family members managed to flee but he fell victim of elephant’s wrath and died on the spot.
Later, wild elephant was damaged some 13 sheds on the same block.
Some five rohingyas including women and children were injured when they were fleeing. They were given first aid at camp clinic.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017
The deceased was identified as Polodaf Sangma, 28, son of Ronen Kubi of the area.
Locals said a herd of marauding elephants invaded Choto Gazni village in the upazila at about 12:00 am.
Villagers made an attempt to drive away the elephants by torching lamps.
At one stage, a wild elephant pounced on Polodaf and crushed him to death by trampling.
Later locals recovered the body.
Jhenigati Rangtia Range Officer M Kabir Hossain of the Forest Department confirmed the incident.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
But her efforts have helped scientists in India devise a unique, non-invasive way to monitor the physiological health of wild elephants.
The key has been freeze-drying dung in the field to preserve the elephant's hormones.
As a result, scientists found stress levels in females were more conspicuous than in male elephants.
Over five years, Sanjeeta and her colleagues collected more than 300 samples from 261 elephants in the biodiversity-rich Western Ghats area.
She explained her technique: "I used to hide and observe till the elephant defecated and moved away."
She told the BBC: "These samples mean a lot to me."
The aim of the research was to evaluate the influence of the elephants' body condition on glucocorticoid metabolites.
Animals such as elephants are subjected to various stressors in their lives, with factors including threats from predators, food shortages, drought and illness.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017
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An elephant, badly injured while getting down from a truck on July 14 night, is still lying in a field at Ishobpur beside Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Srimangal upazila of Moulvibazar.
The accident occurred due to alleged negligence of the men of the circus party that had rented it for a show.
“We are trying to treat the elephant with necessary medicines. But it will take time to recover,” Dr Md Ariful Islam, veterinary surgeon of Srimangal upazila livestock department.
“We have limitation as there is no X-ray facility for animals in Srimangal livestock department and Lawacherra Wildlife Rescue Centre.
“If X-rays could be done, it would help to properly identify the problem and provide the required treatment,” he said.
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Monday, July 17, 2017
The clearing of forests in the hills was threatening biodiversity and forcing animals to search for new sources of food, experts and forest officials have said.
A lone elephant came down from the hills to Kokdondi village of Banshkhali's Kalipur Union on Jun 23. "Our home and fruit orchard are very near to the hills," said Pulok Debdas.
"Elephants never used to come down here. But they came here nearly 27 times this year. They come alone, in pairs or in groups of six to seven."
The elephants ravage the trees around the household to eat jackfruits, pineapples, bananas and also bamboo before returning to the hills, he said.
They can stay up to three days, and sometimes rest in the house's front yard, he said. "They are never disturbed here, so they don’t harm humans."
"I used to get scared at first, but not anymore," said Debdas.
Forest officials have been trying to convince locals to not clear banana plants which are the main sources of food for wild elephants, said Kalipur Forest Ranger Shahjahan Chowdhury.
"But the locals are shrinking their food sources by continuing to cut banana plants," he said, mentioning a plan to replant trees in the Kalipur hills.
In Sitakunda, 40 to 50 monkeys ended up at the Sombhunath temple on Friday noon.
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017
The deceased was identified as Md Hossain, 28.
Locals said that a herd of wild elephants entered Bajalia area adjacent to a reserved forest a week ago but the Forest Department didn't take any step to drive them away.
When a group of villagers tried to drive them away in the morning, the elephants swooped on them, leaving Hossain dead on the spot and two others-Abul Kalam, 32, and Monzur, 18, injured.
Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Satkania Police Station, said police have been sent to the area.
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A shows a herd of elephants rushing to greet the one year and nine months old Dok Geaw who was orphaned when he was just four months old. Dok Geaw was welcomed into his new family with a lot of love.
As a rescue elephant, Dok Geaw was treated at the elephant conservation centre before being brought to the park. He is now getting used to his new life and having a good time with his herd. He is enjoying his first day in his shelter at the park, according to a global media report.
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Thursday, May 04, 2017
Quoting locals, Sribardi upazila nirbahi officer Khaleda Nasrin said: ‘A herd of elephants numbering 40-50 went down the hills to the locality in search of food early Sunday.’ ‘When locals tried to ward off the elephants, the mammoths attacked the house of Veruna, leaving the farmer, his wife and son injured.’ Severely injured Veruna died on his way to Sherpur District Hospital, added the UNO.
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Besides, many times, the wild elephants killed people and villagers at hilly areas of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar. Moreover, villagers also killed many elephants when the wild elephants attacked on locality last years.
Meanwhile, the Chittagong district administration has taken step to create banana garden at the hilly areas for feeding the wild elephants. Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Shamsul Arefin discussed the matter in the monthly meeting of Chittagong district law and order committee held at the Chittagong Circuit house last week.
The meeting has taken decision to save the villagers of hilly areas from the attack of the wild elephants as well as the elephants from the attack of villagers. The meeting decided to send request to the Forest Ministry to create banana gardens at the hilly areas for feeding the wild elephants.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Among several resolutions taken at the BJP's two-day executive meeting which concluded on Saturday evening, freeing satra land from encroachers and conserving elephant corridors also figured prominently.
"The meeting thanked the state government for carrying out successful eviction drives against encroachers in Kaziranga and Sipajhar (Darrang district) since it came to power. The meeting decided to ask the government to take steps to free satra land from encroachers. Many plots belonging to satras are now under encroachment and the settlers have to be evicted," said BJP legislator Bhabesh Kalita.
Freeing satra land from encroachers is one of the electoral promises made by BJP and the meeting has reiterated the commitment it made to people in the run-up to the assembly polls.
Five years ago, the Northeast Policy Institute (NPI) said about 5548 bighas of land belonging to 26 satras were encroached upon by settlers of 'Bangladeshi origin.'
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Friday, December 16, 2016
The deceased were identified as Syed Ahmed, 60, son of Moniruzzaman, and Syed’s son-in-law Mohammad Alamgir, 26, son of Chan Mia, both residents of ward no. 5 under Shilkhali union of the upazila.
Quoting locals, of Shilkhali union chairman Nurul Hossain said a herd of wild elephants descended the nearby hill and started to damage freshly harvested paddy around 4:30 am.
As Syed and Alamgir tried to shoo off the elephants they were trampled to death by the mammoths on the spot, reports UNB news agency.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016
The accident took place on Sunday night around 10:30 pm. when the old man came out from home, at least 50 wild elephants came to the border area of Balijhuri village and attacked the old man. The man died on the spot.
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The reason behind death could not be ascertained. The elephant might have been died being trapped in an electric trap.
Earlier on October 1 last, an elephant was found dead in a paddy field in Panbor area of the village.
Meanwhile, nine people have been killed in separate elephant attacks in the upazila in last one and half month.
Recently, locals started using electric traps to prevent the straying of wild elephants into their habitation.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016
Early on Friday, three persons were trampled to death in Jhenaigati Upazila.
The latest victim has been identified 60-year-old Momena Begum, who was attacked in the border village of Tilaparha on Saturday, said Jhenaigati Forestry Department's Beat Officer Ashraful Alam.
“Around 2:30am on Saturday, a wild elephant charged into the victim’s home and trampled her to death,” he said.
In the past one month, wild elephants have killed seven people in the Jhenaigati border region, said Upazila administration chief (UNO) Md Selim Reza.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The deceased was identified as Bachhiram Chambugong, 60, son of Kantram Sangmar of the area.
Jahirul Islam, chairman of Kangsha union parishad, said a herd of elephants numbering 60-70 went down the hills around 7:30pm and damaged a paddy field in the area.
When the locals tried to ward off the elephants, the mammoths attacked the them which left Bacchiram dead and two others injured. Acow was also killed during the confrontation.
With the latest incident, death toll due to wild elephant attacks in Kangsha union over the last one month rises to four.
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Monday, October 10, 2016
When the mahout with the three elephants came from Kaptai area, one of them got separated, reports our Chittagong correspondent quoting Chairman of the union, Bakar Siddique.
At one stage, one of the separated elephant went into a rampage at a village in Maddhaquaish village of Shikarpur union around 7:00pm yesterday, the chairman said.
The elephant attacked the thatched house of one Abul Malek before it came in contact with live electric wire after colliding with an electric pole, he said.
The process of body recovery was underway, the correspondent reports quoting Jahangir Alam, assistant conservator of Forest of the Bangladesh Forest Department.
Another elephant among the three also escaped and was roaming at Burishchar union of Hathazari upazila, the forest official said.
However, the whereabouts of the mahout could not be known yet.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Forest Department official Sheikh Abdul Wahab said a man and a woman were killed separately early Wednesday in Uttar Para village.They attacked while villagers were either asleep or were preparing their dawn meal before their daytime Ramadan fast.
Wahab said 22-year-old Amena Begum was attacked outside her house and was unable to get inside. The man was killed while on his way to a mosque alone.
Villagers said the elephants stayed in the village while ignoring blank gunshots fired by forest officials. Elephants often go into villages searching for food or after being disturbed by illegal loggers.
Uttar Para is in a coastal district bordering a forested region of Myanmar.
A herd of elephants was crossing the railway track in Champua forest range area when they were hit by a wagon carrying coal from Paradip to Jamshedpur, a senior forest official said.
While a tusker and a female pachyderm died on the spot, an elephant calf was injured after being flung into a ditch near the railway track, Champua forest ranger S Mishra said.
The driver of the goods train, Gautam Patel, has been arrested and the train detained at Jurudi railway station, he said.
Keonjhar DFO Ajay Kumar Jena and other senior forest officials rushed to the site after the mishap.
Train movement on the route was disrupted for a long time as the carcasses were lying on the track.
Two other elephants were killed after a train hit them recently in the same area, the sources said
Press Trust of India / Keonjhar (Odisha)
Friday, May 08, 2009
April 22 2009
Dhaka - Wild elephants trampled to death three people, including two children, in far south-eastern Bangladesh as they were collecting firewood, media reports said on Wednesday.
They were trampled on Tuesday at Teknaf hill near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, 374 kilometres south-east of the capital, Dhaka.
Two of the victims died on the spot when the elephants crushed them after knocking down while the third victim succumbed to her injuries at a nearby health complex, said Yunus Sheikh, a vice-chairperson of the Teknaf subdistrict.
Elephant attacks in Bangladesh have become a fairly regular phenomenon as their forest habitat dwindles because of human encroachment.
According to the World Conservation Union, an average of 40 people are killed by elephants each year in Bangladesh, which is home to about 400 elephants.
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COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Wild elephants straying into a village killed a woman and her baby along Bangladesh's border with Myanmar, forest officials said on Wednesday.
The elephants also destroyed two houses and damaged crops on Tuesday at remote Tulatali village, about 500 km (310 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, they said.
Officials said there were about six elephants, an endangered species in Bangladesh, in the herd.
Including the latest victims, 11 people have been trampled to death and several injured by elephants in the hilly Bandarban district along the border over the past two months, police said.
Attacks by wild elephants have increased in recent years and forest officials blame the loss of forest habitat because of encroachment by the country's growing number of people.
One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 100 in captivity.
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Sherpur, Bangladesh (AHN) - Two tribal boys were killed in an attack by wild elephants from across the border at Panihata village under Nalitabari upazila of the country's central district Sherpur on Saturday, officials and locals said.
A herd of eight wild elephants coming from the Indian state of Meghalaya entered the bordering area and attacked the house of Ilias Sangma at the village at around 4:00 a.m. (local time) when the family members were asleep. The elephants damaged the house and trampled Ilias' two sons--Faruque Sangma and Bipul Sangma -- to death.
According to reports, the elephants also damaged three other adjacent houses and uprooted a number of trees. Oftentimes herds of wild elephants march from across the border and attack the villages.
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The number of elephants is alarmingly decreasing in forests of Cox's Bazar and Teknaf, where once one-third of elephant population of the country was found, due to undue pressure of deforestation and increasing of human activities in forest areas.
According to the last census of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), there are only 30 to 35 elephants in forests of Teknaf and Southern Cox's Bazar regions.
The Teknaf Game Reserve is one of the five protected areas where the Forest Department has initiated the co-management approach situated at Damdamia in the south of Cox's Bazar. The Game Reserve provides a vital sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife, especially elephants. It was established in 1983 under the Wildlife Act of 1973. It was previously Teknaf Reserve Forest. It includes an area formerly referred to as the Thainkhali Game Reserve (7,770 hectres). Currently it covers an area of 11,615 hectres, making it the third largest protected areas after Sunderbans and Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuaries. Day to day management activities by the Nishorgo Support Programme (NSP), a protected area management programme, are carried out from two ranges namely Teknaf and Whykong.
Raquibul Amin of IUCN said, "During 1980s the Reserve contained about half of the mammals and one-third (101) of the elephant population of the country. Many wildlife have already been on the verge of extinction and elephants are in high risk of extinction not only in Bangladesh as well as in Asia due to the loss of forest cover, loss of corridor and the forest fragmentation."
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December 2, 2006
Two people were killed by wild elephants in Dewanganj upazila of the district yesterday and the day before.
Shaila Begum, 50, of Chitalidighar village came under attack by a herd of wild elephants while she was collecting firewood at about 9:00am yesterday. She died instantly.
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October 19. 2006
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village in southeastern Bangladesh early Thursday, killing five members of a sleeping family, police said.
The victims, including two children, were asleep in their thatched hut when they were trampled to death by elephants that had been foraging outside a nearby forest. The elephants destroyed more than a dozen thatched huts in Bashkhali village, about 140 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka, the area's police chief Zahirul Islam told the Associated Press.
Villagers used flaming torches to scare away the herd of about 12 elephants, he said.