Wild elephant kills two Bhutanese refugees

2011-07-27 09:24

Two Bhutanese refugees died in eastern Nepal today when they were trampled by a wild elephant, the state news agency RSS reported.

The elephant ran amok in the Beldangi UN refugee camp in the Jhapa district as villagers tried to chase it away from their cornfields, RSS quoted the district police as saying.

The two men who were killed were in their 60s and 70s and were attacked in their huts.

Wild elephants often enter villages in Nepal in search of food. In another recent similar incident, a wild elephant killed a woman last month in the central district of Chitwan.

More than 70?000 Bhutanese refugees live in UN camps in the Jhapa district, 500 kilometres south-east of Kathmandu.

The first influx of Bhutanese refugees into Nepal began in the 1990s when more than 100?000 ethnic Nepalese of Hindu background who had lived in Bhutan for centuries were expelled.

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