Villagers ask govt for help after elephant raids

Villagers ask govt for help after elephant raids

Wild elephants raid a farm in Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi on Sunday. (Photo by Piyarat Chongcharoen)
Wild elephants raid a farm in Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi on Sunday. (Photo by Piyarat Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: Villagers in tambon Tha Khanun in Thong Pha Phum district have called for help from government agencies after their farms were raided by wild elephants, leaving considerable damage to their crops.

Somkhuan Thongpraneet, of Moo 3 village, said the raids had continued for several months.

The latest attack took place on Saturday night, Mr Somkhuan said, when about 60 wild elephants appeared out of the darkness and rampaged across his farmland in search of food, bringing down trees and trampling crops.

Another 40 elephants showed up on Sunday morning and caused more damage.

Mr Somkhuan called on the provincial governor and relevant government agencies to coordinate with the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department on measures to help the villagers.


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