DIMAPUR, April 5 - Wokha district has more than two-third of Nagaland�s elephant population, recording the second highest elephant density per square kilometre in the country after Karnataka.
Wokha DFO Zuthunglo Patton said this while briefing an inter-ministerial Central team from New Delhi on the man-elephant conflict in the district at a coordination meeting with the Wokha District Disaster Management Authority (WDDMA) at the Wokha DC�s conference hall today.
The four-member Central team, led by Joint Secretary (Judicial), Ministry of Home Affairs, VB Dubey, is on a visit to Wokha district to assess the damage caused by flood and landslides in 2017.
Wokha DC and WDDMA chairman Dr Manazir Jeelani Samoon, during the meeting, highlighted the disaster scenario, vulnerability and hazard analysis of the district. He also informed the Central team that the district is not only vulnerable to natural calamities but is also facing man-animal conflict which needs special attention as the rural people depend on agricultural and allied activities. Wokha disaster management officer Mercy presented a report on damage assessment and utilisation of funds.
DFO Patton highlighted some mitigation measures and challenges before the WDDMA. He suggested role-following points such as convergence, relief/compensation for crop damage, property damage, injury or loss of life, awareness campaigns from village to village and door to door in high-conflict areas and various low-cost techniques for early warning as well as during crop raiding or elephant presence in a village.