ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A 40-year-old farmer has been killed by elephants
in southern Tanzania’s district of Tunduru, authorities said on
Tunduru District Wildlife Officer, said the incident occurred in
a remote village of Twendembele in Tunduru District, Ruvuma
Region, about 1,205 kilometers from Tanzania’s commercial
capital Dar es Salaam.
official said that incident occurred on Monday evening at around
5 a.m. local time.
“On the fateful day
the man was busy working on his farm located on Kapecha River
bank when unidentified number of elephants attacked him,” Ally
told Xinhua in a telephone interview.
The elephants are
believed to have been strayed from the Selous Game Reserve, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to him,
the deceased was attacked in an area located 2.5 kilometers from
the sanctuary as the largest mammals are getting out of the
reserve in search for pastures and water.
Juma Homera, Tunduru
District Commissioner said: “We’ve dispatched a team of rangers
into the affected areas to help return all the elephants to
their natural environment.”
Homera also cited
the increase in poaching incidents is among the reasons for
elephants to stray from their natural environments.
In August last year,
a 25-year-old grape farmer was trampled to death by a stray
elephant in Tanzania’s central district of Chamwino, 187
kilometers from the country’s capital, Dodoma.