In Last 3 Years, 204 People Died in Elephant Attacks in Chhattisgarh
July 27, 2021
A total of 97 people were also injured during the same period.A total of 97
people were also injured during the same period.
In Chhattisgarh, 204 people have died in elephant attacks in the last three
years and 45 elephants were also killed during the same period, according
to the state forest minister. In a reply in the state Assembly to a
question by Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) MLA Dharamjit Singh, Forest
Minister Mohammad Akbar said that 204 people died in the elephant attacks
in 2018, 2019 and 2020. A total of 97 people were also injured during the
During the same period 66,582 cases of damage to crops by elephants, 5047
cases of damage to houses and 3151 cases of damage to other properties have
been reported, the minister said. The state government has paid Rs 57.81
crore as compensation to the affected people in these three years.
The worst affected districts, which witnessed the most clashes between
elephants and humans included Surguja, Jashpur, Surajpur, Raigarh and
To cut the losses and to save the lives of both residents and the
elephants, the state government in 2007 constructed Lemru Elephant Reserve
in Korba, which has a thick forest range of 450 square kilometres.
The human-animal conflict has become a regular incident in Chhattisgarh in
recent years as humans are infiltrating into forest often disturbing the
territory of the elephants. The government has been holding several rounds
of discussions over the years to expand the area of the elephant reserve
but there has been no progress in this regard due to a negative response
from the local residents in the forest area.