Guwahati (Assam) , Dec 04 : Five persons were killed by wild elephants in two separate incidents in West Karbi Anglong and Udalguri districts of the state today .
A wild elephant that strayed from a heard killed four persons including a child this morning at Kheroni in West Karbi Anglong district while another person was killed by a lone wild elephant at Borengajuli in Udalguri district of Assam.
A herd of 60-70 wild elephants that has been roaming around in West Karbi Anglong areas of late has been creating havoc among the villagers.
In the other incident in Udalguri district one person was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Borengajuli under Dimakuchi Police Station in Udalguri district at about 6 am this morning.
Man -elephant conflict has assumed an alarming proportion in Assam because of rapid shrinkage of forest cover in the state mainly because of encroachment by human beings.
The wild elephants often stray onto human settlement in the winter season on search of food and water which becomes scarce in forest area during the dry season.
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