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Wild elephants crush three in Bangladesh
 
Independent Online
April 22 2009

Dhaka - Wild elephants trampled to death three people, including two children, in far south-eastern Bangladesh as they were collecting firewood, media reports said on Wednesday.

They were trampled on Tuesday at Teknaf hill near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, 374 kilometres south-east of the capital, Dhaka.

Two of the victims died on the spot when the elephants crushed them after knocking down while the third victim succumbed to her injuries at a nearby health complex, said Yunus Sheikh, a vice-chairperson of the Teknaf subdistrict.

Elephant attacks in Bangladesh have become a fairly regular phenomenon as their forest habitat dwindles because of human encroachment.

According to the World Conservation Union, an average of 40 people are killed by elephants each year in Bangladesh, which is home to about 400 elephants.

Friday, September 05, 2008

 
Wild elephants kill two in Bangladesh village
 
Reuters
Aug 6, 2008

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Wild elephants straying into a village killed a woman and her baby along Bangladesh's border with Myanmar, forest officials said on Wednesday.

The elephants also destroyed two houses and damaged crops on Tuesday at remote Tulatali village, about 500 km (310 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, they said.

Officials said there were about six elephants, an endangered species in Bangladesh, in the herd.

Including the latest victims, 11 people have been trampled to death and several injured by elephants in the hilly Bandarban district along the border over the past two months, police said.

Attacks by wild elephants have increased in recent years and forest officials blame the loss of forest habitat because of encroachment by the country's growing number of people.

One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 100 in captivity.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

 
Wild elephants kill 4 in Bangladesh hills
 
The Times of India
11 Jul 2008
DHAKA: A herd of wild elephants on Friday trampled to death four members of a family in remote southeastern hills prompting over 100 families in the area to flee for safety, officials said.
Four members of a farmer family, including two minors, were killed while asleep at their thatched house when a herd of around eight elephants strayed into their remote village at Lama area of Bandarban hill district.
The herd also levelled four households and several rural shops. More than hundred families in the neighbourhood fled their homes as the elephants had killed another person at the same village just a week ago, a police official said.
A local reporter said he had reported 18 deaths from elephant attacks in the past two months in Lama area as wild elephants come down to villages in search of food, targeting harvested heaps of paddy and banana gardens.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

 
Wild elephants kill children in Bangladesh villages
 
Reuters
Apr 28, 2008
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, April 28 (Reuters) - Two children were trampled to death and a man maimed as straying wild elephants destroyed two villages over the last 24 hours in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said on Monday.
A girl was killed and six bamboo houses flattened as elephants ravaged a village near Cox's Bazar district town, 400 km (250 miles) from the capital Dhaka on Monday.
A boy was killed and a man seriously injured when wild elephants strayed into another village in the same district on Sunday. Five houses were levelled by the rampaging elephants.
In both the attacks, the villagers fled their homes but later returned with drums and firecrackers to scare off the herds of wild elephants.
Attacks by elephant have become frequent in Bangladesh in recent years, as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by people, forest officials say.
On average, nearly 20 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

 
Wild elephants stray into Bangladesh village, kill man
 
Reuters
February 9, 2008
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Wild elephants straying into a Bangladesh village killed a man, injured another and trampled several homes on Saturday, forest officials said.
The incident occurred at a village near Ramu, about 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, said an official of Bangladesh Forest Department.
Villagers, who were caught off guard, fled their homes, but later returned with drums and firecrackers to scare off the herd of around six elephants.
The elephants also devoured rice stocks, fruits and soft plants and destroyed some standing crops in the tiny village.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

 
Elephants kill man, destroy homes in Bangladesh
 
Reuters
Jan 24, 2008
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - One man was killed and another injured in attacks by wild elephants that strayed into villages and trampled homes and crops in Bangladesh, police said on Thursday.
They said the elephants stormed into different villages near a forest about 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka on Wednesday.
The victims were working in their fields when the elephants came out of the forest, witnesses told police.
Attacks by elephant have become frequent in recent years, as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by people, forest officials say.
On average, 15 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year.
One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 300 in the wild.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

 
Wild elephant kills one in northern Bangladesh
 
Reuters
January 11, 2008
DHAKA, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A wild elephant straying into a village trampled a man to death and injured at least 15 people in Bangladesh on Friday, police and forest officials said.
The incident occurred at a village in Lalmonirhat district, 350 km (215 miles) north of the capital near the Indian border.
"The elephant apparently broke from its herd and lost its way and entered the Bangladesh village from nearby Indian forest," one Lalmonirhat police official said.
Elephants, an endangered species in Bangladesh, kill 15 people on average annually in the South Asian nation, where in recent years their forest habitats have shrunk due to encroachment by the rising human population.
One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 100 in captivity.

Monday, December 31, 2007

 
Wild elephants kill 4 people in Cox'sBazar
 
The New Nation
December 28. 2007
A group of wild elephants, came down from the hilly terrain, today killed four people including a mother and two children at Eidgaon area of Sadar Upazila under the district.
The angry elephants also damaged eight households in Satgharia Para of West Gazalia of Islamabad union in the same Upazila.
The elephants were hungry and became mad, according to the experts of the Department of Forest.
Police and the local residents said the elephants at first attacked the house of Mojaher Mia and his wife Sakera Begum, 32, and his three years old child Abdul Aziz were trampled to death under the feet of the elephants. The elephants also ransacked the home of neighbouring Syed Alam and killed his six month old daughter Sabekunnahar.
In the afternoon, the wild elephants killed Julia Begum, 60, wife of Kader Hossain at the village Villagea Para of the Islampur union under the same Upzila. Locals are now under panic due to rising fierceness of the wild elephants who are becoming more angry for absence of food in the jungle.
Experts say, the number of wild elephants are alarmingly falling in the region due to extreme inhabitable condition. They often come down to the plain lands for food.

Monday, August 27, 2007

 
Wild elephant kills one, injures two in Bangladesh
 
People's Daily Online
August 26, 2007

A wild elephant rampaged through a village in Bangladesh's Chittagong district, 264 km southeast of capital Dhaka, early Saturday, killing a girl and injuring two others.
Locals was quoted by private news agency UNB as saying the elephant came down from a nearby hill and tore through the house of Omar Faruq at Chunati village around 6 a.m. when the victims were asleep.
The elephant stampeded Faruq's daughter Halima Begum, 19, to death and injured his granddaughter Minhaj, 8, and relative Sanwara Begum, 35.
Hearing their screams, villagers rushed in and used torches to scare away the elephant.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

 
Wild Elephants Trample Two Sleeping Boys To Death In Bangladesh
 
Siddique Islam, All Headline News
June 24, 2007

Sherpur, Bangladesh (AHN) - Two tribal boys were killed in an attack by wild elephants from across the border at Panihata village under Nalitabari upazila of the country's central district Sherpur on Saturday, officials and locals said.

A herd of eight wild elephants coming from the Indian state of Meghalaya entered the bordering area and attacked the house of Ilias Sangma at the village at around 4:00 a.m. (local time) when the family members were asleep. The elephants damaged the house and trampled Ilias' two sons--Faruque Sangma and Bipul Sangma -- to death.

According to reports, the elephants also damaged three other adjacent houses and uprooted a number of trees. Oftentimes herds of wild elephants march from across the border and attack the villages.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

 
Woman trampled to death by wild elephants
 
Daily Star
June 11, 2007
Wild elephants trampled a tribal woman to death at village Dhopajuri in Haluaghat, a frontier upazila of the district on Saturday night.
The victim was identified as Alpana Chirang, 25, wife of Abdul Khaleque.
Alpana fell victim as a herd of wild elephants from across the Indian border entered the village at around 11:00pm and started ransacking the houses to eat stored paddy, police and locals said.
Alpana's one and a half year-old daughter was also injured.
Later the villagers chased the elephants away

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

 
Wild elephants kill two villagers in Bangladesh
 
Reuters
22 May 2007
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, May 22 (Reuters) - Wild elephants trampled two people to death and destroyed 20 bamboo homes when they strayed into a Bangladesh village on Tuesday.
The herd of some 10 elephants also uprooted trees and damaged crops in Mithachhari, near Cox's Bazar town, 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka.
Police said some seven people have been trampled to death by wild elephants in the last two months at Cox's Bazar district alone.
Records show that at least 15 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year.
Elephants stray into villages as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by the rising human population, forest officials say.
One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 300 in the wild.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

 
Rampaging elephants kill villager in Bangladesh
 
Reuters
16 May 2007
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, May 16 (Reuters) - Wild elephants straying into a village trampled a man to death and destroyed 30 bamboo-made houses in Bangladesh on Wednesday, police and forestry officials said.
The attack by the elephants occurred at Eidgaon, near Cox's Bazar town, 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka.
Crops were damaged and trees uprooted as the herd of some 10 elephants strayed into the village from a nearby forest.
At least 15 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by the rising human population, forest officials say.
One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 300 in the wild.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

 
Elephants kill two Bangladeshi children
 
Independent Online
April 18 2007
Cox's Bazar - Wild elephants straying into a village trampled two nine-year-old children to death in southeastern Bangladesh on Wednesday, police and forestry officials said.
The victims, a boy and a girl, failed to escape when a herd of elephants swooped on their village near a forest at Ramu, 430km southeast of the capital Dhaka.
The elephants also destroyed five houses, uprooted trees and demolished standing crops.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

 
Bangladesh elephant dies in fight with another
 
March 23, 2007
Reuters
A century-old elephant died after a rare fight with another elephant in a Bangladesh forest, officials said on Thursday.
Forest officials retrieved the dead elephant, a male around 100 years old, and conducted an autopsy which suggested it died of injuries inflicted in a clash with another male.
"The two tusks, each weighing 15 kg, were chopped off from the dead elephant and will be preserved, but the body has been buried," said Avoni Kumar Tagore, a forest official at Cox's Bazar, 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

 
Number of elephants decreasing fast
 
By Sheikh Arif Bulbon, The New Nation
February 25, 2007
The number of elephants is alarmingly decreasing in forests of Cox's Bazar and Teknaf, where once one-third of elephant population of the country was found, due to undue pressure of deforestation and increasing of human activities in forest areas.
According to the last census of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), there are only 30 to 35 elephants in forests of Teknaf and Southern Cox's Bazar regions.
The Teknaf Game Reserve is one of the five protected areas where the Forest Department has initiated the co-management approach situated at Damdamia in the south of Cox's Bazar. The Game Reserve provides a vital sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife, especially elephants. It was established in 1983 under the Wildlife Act of 1973. It was previously Teknaf Reserve Forest. It includes an area formerly referred to as the Thainkhali Game Reserve (7,770 hectres). Currently it covers an area of 11,615 hectres, making it the third largest protected areas after Sunderbans and Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuaries. Day to day management activities by the Nishorgo Support Programme (NSP), a protected area management programme, are carried out from two ranges namely Teknaf and Whykong.
Raquibul Amin of IUCN said, "During 1980s the Reserve contained about half of the mammals and one-third (101) of the elephant population of the country. Many wildlife have already been on the verge of extinction and elephants are in high risk of extinction not only in Bangladesh as well as in Asia due to the loss of forest cover, loss of corridor and the forest fragmentation."

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

 
2 Killed in Attack of Elephants
 
The Daily Star
December 2, 2006

Unb, Jamalpur

Two people were killed by wild elephants in Dewanganj upazila of the district yesterday and the day before.

Shaila Begum, 50, of Chitalidighar village came under attack by a herd of wild elephants while she was collecting firewood at about 9:00am yesterday. She died instantly.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

 
Wild elephants rampage through village, kill one
 
Wild elephants rampage through village, kill one
 
The Associated Press
 
A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a northern Bangladeshi village, damaging crops and homes, and killing one elderly man, a news report said Thursday.
 
The incident occurred late Wednesday in Sherpur district, 144 kilometers (90 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka, the United News of Bangladesh agency reported.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Elephants attack Bangladesh village, kill one
Elephants attack Bangladesh village, kill one
Reuters
November 2, 2006
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, Nov 2 (Reuters) - A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village in southeastern Bangladesh on Thursday, killing a boy and injuring 15 people, police and witnesses said.
The herd of about 10 elephants also demolished 20 bamboo-made houses and destroyed crops and trees at Sayedabad 330 km (210 miles) from the capital, Dhaka.
Villagers later chased the elephants away by beating drums and setting off firecrackers.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Police: Elephants kill 5
Police: Elephants kill 5
Associated Press
October 19. 2006

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village in southeastern Bangladesh early Thursday, killing five members of a sleeping family, police said.

The victims, including two children, were asleep in their thatched hut when they were trampled to death by elephants that had been foraging outside a nearby forest. The elephants destroyed more than a dozen thatched huts in Bashkhali village, about 140 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka, the area's police chief Zahirul Islam told the Associated Press.

Villagers used flaming torches to scare away the herd of about 12 elephants, he said.

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