Jumbos Go On Rampage In Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Subarnapur
**Baripada (Mayurbhanj)/Bhubaneswar:** Jumbo menace in northern Odisha’s adjoining Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts and western Odisha’s Subarnapur district has caused extensive damage to standing crops and property.
The marauding pachyderm herds comprising over 80 have gone on a rampage in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts.
The wild elephant herds have sneaked into Baripada forest range in Mayurbhanj district from adjoining West Bengal in quest of food.
Extensive damage has been caused to standing paddy and maize crops in Badasul and Bhatachhatar villages of Moroda reserve forest under Rasgobindpur range in Mayurbhanj district.
Even though the villagers are trying to drive them by scaring them away using different traditional methods, the hell bent jumbos are re-entering the villages.
They are damaging the standing crops.
While electricity supply has been disconnected, dark monsoon nights and the pachyderm menace have put the villagers on their toes as well as sleepless nights.
Baripada Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sanjay Kumar Swain told media that the forest officials are trying their best to drive them away. The jumbo herds may return to West Bengal. All efforts are on to minimise the damage caused to paddy crops by them.
He also informed that horses would be deployed to drive them away.
A 24-hour control room has been opened in Baripada Divisional Forest Office.
Similarly in the western Odisha district of Subarnapur district, marauding elephant herds have also created havoc at Kutmenda village under Ulunda block in the district.
Besides Kutmenda village, the wild elephants are also on a rampage in three other Gram Panchayats (GPs) and have caused extensive damage to standing paddy crops on over 15 acres of land.
The jumbos have sneaked into the areas from neighbouring Rairakhol forest division.