Ver Angola


Elephants destroyed farms in three neighborhoods in Libolo

Elephants are destroying the farms of people in eight districts of Munenga commune, Libolo municipality, Cuanza Sul province, informed this Tuesday the communal administrator, who fears that mammals will reach the headquarters.


"They destroyed many things. At that moment, the population is lamenting, because they destroyed almost everything they had, the banana trees, mango trees, cassava, everything is ruined. In the village of Songue alone, there were eight [plantings]," he said in statements to public radio the administrator of Munenga, Eugénia Coremba.

According to the official, a survey of the destruction of the two other villages is being carried out, and the situation has already been communicated to the responsible entities.

"We have already communicated to the higher authorities and we are waiting for them to have a solution on the matter. At this point they have already left Songue, they are already in Sanga and on their way to Binga and they are [elephants] walking around, at any moment they could reach the thirst," he stressed.

Viaça Vunge, one of the peasants in the village of the Songue district, said that his farm was destroyed by elephants in the early morning of the 23rd of this month, and "they are creating a lot of damage".

"At this moment in my field there is almost nothing left, I can't even take a banana to feed my children, the animals are spoiling a lot, we ask for the support of the State", exhorted the farmer.

In Angola, elephants stand out in the phenomenon of human-animal conflict, which has occurred since the end of the country's war in 2002, with the return to their natural 'habitat', which they find occupied by farms and dwellings.

The human-animal conflict, of which there are also reports of problems with hippos and alligators, affects several regions of the country, with the areas with the highest incidence of cases of elephant invasion being the provinces of Bengo, Cuanza Norte, Cabinda, Uíge and Huíla.

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