By Athula Bandara, Daily Mirror
March 24, 2008
The residents of several areas including Shravastipura, Siyambalawewa and Aluthwewa in Anuradhapura are facing problems from wild elephants.
They have complained to the police and the Wildlife Conservation Department that a herd of wild elephants that roam the human habitat after dusk had destroyed more than 400 acres of cultivated land and 15 houses.
They accused the Wildlife Conservation Department of not taking any steps to chase the elephants into a forest reserve.
However the Department’s Assistant Director, (NWP) Manjula Ariyaratne said they would be taking steps to issue elephant crackers to the villagers soon.