Around 45 villages in Chattisgarh's Mahasamund district have been living in constant fear of elephant terror for the last four years. The forest department, which has been putting it's best efforts to deal with the situations, has already spent around Rs 70-80 lakh in its attempt to tag matriarchs of three elephants herds with radio collars since January 2018. They brought five Kumki or trained elephants to facilitate tagging matriarchs of elephants herds.
However, the team of experts tasked with tagging matriarchs of three elephants herds could manage with Radio collaring of just one so far. The forest department officials are hopeful to radio collar matriarchs soon. Radio collar, with a transmitter, is a device used to monitor movements of animals in natural habitat.
Besides villagers suffering crop loss, many people have died due to the elephant's attack. At least 13 people have lost their lives and 17 people sustained injuries due to tusker terror in the area. The forest department has so far offered compensation of Rs 52 Lakh to the kin of the villagers, who lost their lives and took care of the medical expenses of those who sustained injuries in the elephant attack.
Crop damage has also been compensated for by the department. Villages facing elephant's attack include Banskuda, Lahanger, Parsadish, Gudrudih, Pirda, Malidih, Bir Bira, Chaporadih, Jalki, Fusera, Khadsa, Mohkam, Pidhi, Kukaradih, Joba, Garhshivi, Bhoring, Achholi, Badgaon, Amlor, and Raitum.