DHAKA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- A herd of wild elephants went on a rampage in Bangladesh's southeastern Chattoghram district, some 242 km away of capital Dhaka on Sunday, leaving three farmers dead in separate attacks.
"Wild elephants trampled three people to death in places in the district's Boalkhali sub-district," Achia Khatun, a senior local official, told journalists.
According to the official, nine elephants came down to the locality Saturday and stayed at a nut orchard throughout the night.
On Sunday morning, she said, the elephants divided into two groups and attacked three elderly farmers in three separate places while they were working their paddy fields.
Also a cow was killed in the wild elephant attacks which left one person injured, she added.
The wild elephants damaged standing crops, destroyed several houses and created fear and panic among villagers.
Local officials have sought help of the forest department officials to ward off the wild elephants believed to have strayed into the villages from neighboring hilly forests.
In recent years, the encounters between wild animals and humans have increased in Bangladesh, raising concerns about the safety of people living near forest areas.