Sullia, April 8, 2018: A herd of elephants is camping on the banks of Payaswini river at Bhasmadka sending waves of panic among people. The elephants which have stepped into the river after arriving from Medinadka reserve forest area have been roaming in the same area since the past few days. In case they succeed in crossing the river, then there is the possibility of the elephants entering Devarakaliya, Kuntinadka, Kerpala and other places.
There are a total of eight elephants including five baby elephants. Meanwhile, forest staff are camping on the other side to ensure that the elephants do not cross the river and enter mainland. It is said the place where the elephants are at present is a low lying area. The elephants have to climb to enter the forest which is in an elevated area. As soon as the baby elephants succeed in this regard, the elephants may move away, say forest officials.
It is believed that the same herd of elephants were responsible for going on rampage in agricultural fields at Narkodu, Enavar, Mandekolu and other places recently.