Wild elephants attack Nepal refugee camp; 2 dead

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Posted: Jul 27, 2011 1:06 AM
Wild elephants attack Nepal refugee camp; 2 dead

Wild elephants have attacked a refugee camp in southeastern Nepal, killing two elderly men and damaging several huts.

Gehanath Bhandari, the chief government administrator in Jhapa district, says two elephants entered the U.N.-run camp for Bhutanese refugees Wednesday morning and trampled the two victims. There were no other casualties.

Floods during monsoon season usually drive the elephants from neighboring India into Nepal, where they destroy farms and occasionally attack humans.

Bhandari says some of the refugees were chasing the elephants away from corn fields when the animals turned toward the camp and attacked.

Thousands of Bhutanese refugees have been living in camps in Nepal since the 1990s, when they were forced to leave their homeland.