Three farmers killed by stray elephants in eastern Tanzania

A baby Asian elephant explores the surroundings in the enclosure of Singapore's Night Safari, June 28, 2016. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey) (zw)
(Xinhua/Then Chih Wey) (zw)

Three farmers in Tanzania’s eastern region of Morogoro have been killed by elephants suspected to have strayed from a national park, officials said Tuesday.

Bonaventure Kiwanga, a councilor for Kilosa-Mpepo ward, said the farmers were killed Monday morning after the elephants attacked them while they were farming.

“All the three farmers were residents in Kilosa-Mpepo village in Kilosa district in Morogoro region,” said Kiwanga, adding that the village is located adjacent to Julius Nyerere National Park and the Kilombero Valley.

The councilor said both protected areas are home to a sizeable number of elephants.

Antipas Mgungusi, a member of Parliament for Malinyi constituency, said the area has experienced regular invasions of elephants despite appeals to the government to intervene.

“The elephants have destroyed farm crops in the area leaving farmers in food insecurity,” said the lawmaker, adding he has reported raids by the elephants to relevant authorities, including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority and the Tanzania National Parks for action. Enditem

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