Elephants terrorise Samburu residents as drought bites


Elephants terrorise Samburu residents as drought bites

Residents in Maralal town Samburu County are living in fear after elephants trespassed into their homes, destroyed crops and property.

Residents have now been forced to stay indoors from as early as 7pm till morning for fear of being attacked.

“Between 7pm and 8pm the elephants arrive and you can’t even get out of your house even to go to the toilets as they feed on crops near the door ,” said Ms Jane Namoe, a resident of Loikas.

The elephants are said to be following Loikas stream in search of water all the way to Maralal town.

Another resident, only identified as Jack, said a section of them are forced to be home as early as 5pm.

Others said a group of elephants from a nearby forest usually storm their village at around 2am in search of food and water.

Even though officers from the Kenya Wildlife services (KWS) have in the past intervened and scared off the animals with gun fires, residents continue to raise concerns over their safety.

Charles Lekapiti urged KWS to intensify patrols along the stream to enhance security.

Nyumba Kumi chairman Solomon Wanyeki and his vice chair Gulleid Mohammed also reported that elephants have killed many people in the county during past years.

They warned that the recent incidents may led to further loss of lives.

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