Wild elephants at the doorstep of villagers homes in Assam India. Photo credit - Annette Bonnier
Representative image. Photo credit - Annette Bonnier

After rain and storm destroyed several houses in Karbi Rongsopi in West Karbi Anglong on Wednesday afternoon, wild elephants damaged three houses in the same village later in the evening.

As per reports, a herd of over 20 elephants entered the village after the storm in the evening at around 8 pm.

The elephants ransacked plantain and several acres of sugarcane crop apart from destroying betel nut and coconut trees.

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They pulled apart three houses and ate the paddy stored in the silos and jaggery ready for sale.

“The elephants ate around 526 kilograms of jaggery and they also damaged the house. I hope somebody will help me now,” said Jonasing Rongphar, a farmer.

Earlier, over 200 houses were damaged in the storm on Wednesday afternoon and Karbi Rongsopi No. 1 and No. 2 villages were among the worst affected.

The villagers are repairing their houses, particularly the roof.

Due to the nationwide lockdown on account of COVID-19, the villagers are having a hard time in procuring building materials to build the houses.

Some organisations are preparing to offer relief to the storm-affected people of the district.

Nongee Terang

Nongee Terang is Northeast Now Correspondent in Diphu. He can be reached at: nongee.terang@gmail.com