Don’t take selfie with elephants, warns Collector

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Don’t take selfie with elephants, warns Collector

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 | STAF REPORTER | MAHASAMUND

Avoid taking selfie with or getting close to elephants, authorities in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund district warned on Monday, after a Health Department employee who tried to take a selfie with an elephant was trampled to death.

The Forest Department said in an advisory that the gory incident occurred in Kona village.

Two more deaths blamed on elephants were reported this month.

A man was killed near Adjaal village Balod district when he tried to go near an elephant herd. In Jashpur district, a villager was attacked by an elephant while he was travelling on a bicycle.

Elephants killed 27 humans in Mahasamund district in 2018-21.

The advisory said with the arrival of paddy harvest season, the elephants will move towards villages in search of crops and food.

The Government has hiked the death compensation if killed by elephants to Rs 6 lakh while Rs 30,000 is given to farmers in case of loss of cattle.

Government records say that 204 people were killed in elephant attacks while 45 elephants died in the State in 2018-20 period.

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