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Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 22:53
Wild elephants have destroyed 200 acres of paddy fields and houses in a village group named Kanmyint in Bago Region by November 23, locals said.
The village group has nearly 3,000 acres of paddy fields already cultivated, but almost 200 acres of them have been destroyed by the elephants.
“I lost three acres overnight on November 23. A group of 15 elephants came and destroy them, and that night I was unable to do anything to drive them away,” said Htay Win, a local farmer.
The Kanmyint has suffered more losses than other villages, said locals.
The elephants used to come to paddy fields in the inner part of Bago Mountains Range in central Myanmar seasonally, but the number of their visits to the outer part of the range has increased, causing more economic loss to the locals.
The reported number of deaths caused by the elephants has also increased in recent years in the region. Last year three people from the village group and one other from a village named “Inntakaw” were killed.