Dhaka, Bangladesh
Elephants face food, water crisis

Elephants face food, water crisis

News Desk COX'S BAZAR, Sept 14: Emaciated wild elephants suffering from acute scarcity of food and water in Ukhiya and Teknaf. The photo was recently taken in Teknaf. Photo: CollectedA total of 67 wild elephants in the forests of Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox's Bazar have been suffering from acute scarcity of food and water as their roaming and grazing grounds have shrunk due to the 32 camps set up for the Rohingyas in the area, forest department officials said. The emaciated elephants have become violent, often attacking the localities in search of food, they said. The forest officials fear the violent elephants might also attack the Rohingya camps. A wild elephant trampled a man to death at Purbo Bhutiapara in Sadar upazila here on Friday. The deceased was identified as Nazir Ahmed, 48, son of late Ashu Ali of Vutiarpara area. Ashaduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Eidgaon Investigation Centre, said the elephant attacked the man while he was guarding a paddy filed around 3 am, leaving him injured. Locals took the victim to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead, said Kamal Uddin, a member of Eidgaon Union Parishad.

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