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Residents Scamper For Safety as Eight Elephants Storm Village In Kilifi

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Residents of Mariakani Village in Kilifi County have scampered for safety after eight stray elephants invaded the area in search of water as drought continues to bite.

Transport business was also hampered for several minutes after the elephants took their time to slowly cross one of the sections of the Mariakani road.

Villagers and motorists who gained courage stared at the roaming elephants helplessly as they crossed the road while motorists had to park their vehicles and wait for the elephants to cross at their own pace.

Residents who talked to Opera News Hub could not hide their shock and disbelief after the elephants did the unimaginable.

“This is my first time to see a group of elephants storming our home. They are such big animals. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) should contain these animals,” said Sidi Chengo, a resident.

Abdallah Ali, a driver of a white saloon car, told Opera News Hub that he was forced to park his car by the road side, closed all the windows and sat in the vehicle for minutes until the eight elephants moved out of the road into the bushes.

“I hid inside the car but I was amazed to vividly see gigantic animals. I am used to seeing pictures of elephants but not living like what I have experienced today. I counted all of them myself. They were eight,” said Mr Abdallah.

Kahindi Mwaro said apart from elephants, other dangerous wild animals like buffaloes have also been roaming in homes searching for water due to the drought.

Mr Mwaro pleaded with KWS to conduct water trucking in strategic points in the forests to prevent the wildlife from invading peoples homesteads.

“This is dangerous. Having buffaloes or elephants invading homes is unpleasant. These animals can end up killing us or destroying our crops. Something needs to be done urgently,” said Mr Mwaro.

Mary Nyambura complained that the elephants have on various occasions invaded their farms and destroyed crops even before the onset of drought.

She appealed to KWS to ensure wildlife is contained.



Contacted, one of the senior KWS officers in the area who requested to remain anonymous said the agency had already dispatched a team to contain the wild animals.

“Residents shouldn’t be worried. That’s normal especially at this period where we are faced with the drought challenge. The most important thing is for the public to contact us immediately if they spot roaming wild animals in their residential places,” said the official.

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