Elderly Woman Trampled to Death by Herd of Elephants in C’garh (Korba, India)


Press Trust of India  / Business Standard

Date Published

A 60-year-old woman was trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants
in the forests of Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, taking the toll of
such attacks to 5 in the region this month.

The victim, Samudribai Rathiya came in front of the herd of jumbos
this morning near her native village Charmar, under Kartala forest
range, when she had gone to collect ‘dori’ (Mahua fruit), a forest
official said.

On spotting the elephants, Rathiya tried to escape but pachyderms
surrounded her and trampled her to death, he said.

After the incident, police personnel and forest officials were rushed
to the spot.

An aid of Rs 25,000 was given to her kin, the official said, adding a
compensation amount of Rs 3.75 lakh will also be provided after
completing all necessary formalities.

The official further informed that a herd of elephants has entered
into Korba forest division from Raigarh side, following which forest
staff has been directed to keep an eye on their movement in order to
avoid human-elephant conflicts.

In separate incidents, four persons, including a woman, were killed by
elephants in Kudmura forest range of Korba this month.

The thick forested northern Chhattisgarh, comprising Surguja, Korba,
Raigarh,Jashpurand Korea districts, are notorious for

The region has witnessed several killings of tribals and widespread
damages to houses and crops by rogue elephant in past years.