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Wild elephants kill farmer, destroy houses on Sumatra island PEKANBARU - Wild rampaging elephants trampled a farmer to death and destroyed several houses in a village on Indonesia's Sumatra island, witnesses said Tuesday. The people of Lubuk Embut, a village on Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta, have been terrorized over the last few days by a herd of around 20 starving elephants in search of food, said Jayok, a village chief.

"We cannot sleep at night and are scared in the day by the sound of trumpeting elephants," he said. The victim, whose body was discovered on Thursday, died near a protected forest that is home to about 180 to 250 elephants, he said. The head of the Riau province's nature reserve, Nafsir Siregar, said scores of wild elephants have also vandalized the nearby villages of Siak and Balairaja, about 150 kilometers (around 90 miles) northwest of the regional capital, Pekanbaru.

Siregar said there were insufficient funds to relocate the endangered Sumatran elephants to an area where they won't pose a threat to people. "We are now seeking a new location for the elephant preserve," he said, appealing to non-governmental organizations for financial help. Sumatra's elephant habitats are quickly shrinking due to illegal logging and land clearing. About 2,500 are believed to live wild on the island, Indonesia's largest.



Posted in General @ 31 October 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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