November 02, 2016

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Wild elephants destroy paddy field near Ngwe Saung Beach

Paddy fields near Ngwe Saung Beach destroyed by the wild elephants.
Paddy fields near Ngwe Saung Beach destroyed by the wild elephants.

A group of wild elephants near Ngwe Saung beach destroyed paddy fields and became aggressive when villagers were near, according to residents.
Villagers living close to the foothills were not able to cultivate any crops on their land because of the presence of aggressive wild elephants.
“The previous year, two or three elephants came into the village, but they did not attack us. But, this year a large number of elephants entered our villages and destroyed the crops. On October 30, two wild elephants destroyed the crops of the villages near the Hotel Zone. So the villagers threatened them with firecrackers,” said U San Shwe, Yay Wady guest house owner.
On October 31, 10 elephants entered the village and destroyed crops which are cultivated in Phone Maung Kyine village near Ngwe Saung beach. On November 1, the villagers who were going to the Ngwe Saung town to sell tomatoes went back to the village when they saw the wild elephants on their way.
“During the harvest time, the wild elephants usually come near the Ngwe Saung beach. We are ready to help the villagers if the wild elephants attack the villagers,” said Inspector of Police Tun Tun Soe from Ngwe Saung police station. Last September 8, a farmer named Ko Zaw Win Naing, 45, from Phone Maung Kyine village, was killed by wild elephants in his paddy field, according to the local people.

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