Villagers Around Medley Tea Estate (Karimganj District of Assam, India) Are Living In Terror For More Then 30 Years By Frequent Attacks Of WILD ASIAN ELEPHANTS.
The rampaging herd uses the corridor near Piplagool, Pathini Tea Estate, Medley Tea Estate to stray into tea gardens and human habitation in search of food, leaving behind a trail of destruction. As per villagers statements: It is been more then 40 years they are facing problem because of frequent attacks of Wild Elephants. They are not able to cultivate paddy fields because hungry elephants destroy their crops.
News Published 3 years back on THE TELEGRAPH on 24-01-2007 “In the past four years, as many as 16 people have been killed by elephants in Patherkandi block”.
One of the senior villagers said: there were 30 elephants were their in that locality earlier. But only 7 elephatns are remaining. No. of Asian Elephants are decreasing.
Few FACTS – ASIAN ELEPHANTS: WWF (World Wildlife Federation)
A species that needs space
Through the Asian Rhinos and Elephants Action Strategy (AREAS), WWF is working throughout the Asian elephant range to conserve the remaining populations and their habitats. And because these large animals need a lot of space to survive, WWF considers the Asian elephant a ‘flagship’ species, whose conservation would help maintain biological diversity and ecological integrity over extensive area
Source : WWF
Population & Distribution
The Asian elephant originally ranged from modern Iraq and Syria to the Yellow River in China, but is now found only from India to Vietnam, with a tiny besieged population in the extreme southwest of China’s Yunnan Province. More than 100,000 Asian elephants may have existed at the start of the 20th century. The population is estimated to have fallen by at least 50% over the last 60-75 years.
Source : WWF
OUR APPEAL TO AUTHORITIES, ELEPHANT PROTECTION AGENCIES to feel the importance of protecting “FLAGSHIP” species! (ASIAN ELEPHANTS) and take necessary Steps so that poor villagers can live peacefully and continue PADDY CULTIVATION.