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(Scroll down for video) A pack of wild elephants caused severe damage to several cities, forcing residents to find shelter on top of trees, according to press reports in India.
The residents of several cities affected by these wild elephants are spending cold nights living on top of trees, terrified by the possibility of being attacked by the herd of wild elephants that arrived from the neighboring forests of Jharkhand.
While most residents, mostly tribal, affected by the elephant rampage have been living in temporary wooden planks built on the highest branches of the trees, many have also sought refuge in school buildings in a village near the sub-divisional headquarters of Nilagiri.
The herd consists of about 30 Tuskers, calves and 25 female elephants, which have already destroyed
several houses in the villages and destroyed crops on about 80 acres.
"The last 11 days, we are suffering from the elephants, which have broken our houses and damaged the fields," Mangal Singh, a villager, said.
Forest officials and district police have been trying to push back the herd to their habitat, but were not successful. About 170 people, including two police officers who are experts in riot control, have been injured in the attempt to get rid of the wild elephants.
The Balasore district administration has been providing cooked food to the affected people.