Reported by Malay Ray
Rourkela, May 31:
A 19-year-old girl was critically injured in the latest case of elephant attack in Sundargarh district of Odisha on Saturday night.
She was sent to Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) but doctors there referred her to Ispat General Hospital (IGH) here where she is now receiving treatment.
Sources said Sasmita Oram (19), a resident of Musabira village under Banki forest range under Rourkela Forest Division, resides with her parents. According to forest officials, a 15-member elephant herd has been camping at Musabira village and its nearby area. At about 11 pm on Saturday night, the elephant herd reached Musabira village and started breaking branches of the trees.
Sasmita Oram, along with her family, was watching the activities of the elephant herd outside her house when an elephant suddenly rushed towards her and kicked her on her back, following which she fell to the ground and sustained serious injuries on her head.
After attacking her, the elephant went towards the herd. The family members of Sasmita Oram immediately informed the ranger of Banki forest range. After getting information, Banki forest ranger Ramesh Jena, along with other forest officials, reached the spot and sent her to RGH on an 108 ambulance, but doctors at RGH referred her to IGH where she has been admitted and is now receiving treatment.
Forest officials gave Rs.5000/- for her admission in hospital and they have also assured her family members of necessary support till she recovers fully.
“We are now watching the movement of the elephant herd. The health condition of the girl is reported to be stable now,” said Ramesh Jena, Ranger, Banki Forest Range.