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Elephants invade Rohungya refugee camp in Southern Bangladesh killing four people

Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in the area have been chopped down to house the massive influx of ethnic Rohingya escaping violence in Myanmar

Elephants invade Rohungya refugee camp in Southern Bangladesh killing four people

Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in the area have been chopped down to house the massive influx of ethnic Rohingya escaping violence in Myanmar

15 October 2017 Sunday 23:40
Elephants invade Rohungya refugee camp in Southern Bangladesh killing four people

By Azania Post Reporter

A herd of elephants have invaded Balukhail camp in Southern Bangladesh which resides Rohingya refugees killing a woman and her three siblings.

Speaking a district forest official Mohammed Ali Kabir said a group of elephants entered the camp in Ukhiya town early on Saturday and trampled tents where several refugees were sleeping.

Kabir said that four other people were injured in the attack and many others fled to safety.

Eye witness say at the refugee camp, cooking utensils the family had brought from Myanmar lay crushed under a jumble of bamboo sticks and clothes.

Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in the area have been chopped down to house the massive influx of ethnic Rohingya escaping violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

Tarpaulin and bamboo shelters have been built on elephant walkways in some areas, sparking environmental concerns, as the country struggles to accommodate an unprecedented number of people.

Newly set up tents cover a hillock at a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh on Sept. 26, 2017. Wild elephants entered the camp and trampled tents where several refugees were sleeping

It was the third attack by wild elephants on the refugees in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, which borders Myanmar. At least seven people died in the two previous attacks.

Abdul Sukoor, 30, whose tent on the edge of the camp was also trampled, said he and his family managed to escape when they heard the screams of other refugees as the elephants approached.

He is now moving to a tent further inside the camp, but said he was still worried. "We have to be constantly alert at night," he said.

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