Elephant terror in Itahari: Locals forced to stay awake all night in the dark
Locals began staying awake all night after herds of wild elephants began entering the district's slums of Itahari-2 Shantinagar.
ITAHARI: The fear of wild elephants has grown in Itahari. The terror has grown as the herd of elephants enters the town on a daily basis.
Locals began staying awake all night after herds of wild elephants began entering the district’s slums of Itahari-2 Shantinagar.
According to the local Roshan officer, the elephants from India remained awake all night after entering the settlement. He claimed that the elephants, numbering more than a dozen including calves, began entering the human settlement for four consecutive days, scaring the locals.
He complained that they were forced to stay awake all night in the dark as the local government became a silent spectator. “Most of the lights in the ward area are not lit, only wires are hanging on the electric poles,” he said.
The majority of the Itahari area has been in darkness as the electricity poles have not been lit. A herd of elephants used to visit the Shantinagar community forest area from Charkose forest.
There are 20 lights in this area from Panipaya to Pipal Chowk, but none of them are lit. As a result, students are having difficulty getting to college and school in the morning.
The administration has been asked to keep elephants out of human settlements.
Madhav Koirala, Ward Chair of Itahari-2, also claims that elephant herds are a daily hazard to locals’ lives. He also stated that he is working with the Forest Committee to drive elephants away.