Septuagenarian killed in Udayapur elephant attack

GAIGHAT: An elderly woman has been killed in an elephant attack in Triyuga Municipality-1 of Udayapur district.

The deceased has been identified as Sabitra Rai (78) of Khaijanpur in Triyuga Municipality-1 in the district.

According to the deceased's daughter Binda Rai, a rogue elephant attacked and killed her mother at 9:00 am today while she was collecting foliage in the jungle beside Luhale Khola near her home.

Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has been kept at District Hospital, Udayapur for postmortem, Superintendent of Police (SP) Chandra Dev Rai at Udayapur District Police Office informed.

Police have also informed that a herd of elephants have destroyed a dozen houses in Tapeshwari, Bhagalpur and southern region of Triyuga Municipality in the district.

Just a month ago, a person was killed by an elephant inhabiting the nearby Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (KTWR), in Tapeshwari area of Belaka Municipality in the district.

The elephants inhabiting KTWR have remained a menace in the area surrounding Chure forest for the past one month.

It has been learned that the wild pachyderms appear near the human settlements mostly during the rice harvest every year.