Elephants suspected to have crossed into Namibia from neighbouring Botswana wreaking havoc at villages in Omaheke Region’s Otjombinde Constituency

GOBABIS: Elephants, suspected to have crossed into Namibia from neighbouring Botswana, have been wreaking havoc at villages adjacent to the border fence in the Omaheke Region’s Otjombinde Constituency.

Villagers told Nampa that the elephants, estimated to be a herd of about five, have destroyed vital water infrastructure and one village, while hordes of crops were destroyed by the jumbos in another village.

The elephants are suspected to have crossed into Namibia a week ago.

Although there have not been any reports of physical harm to humans in the constituency, villagers fear that it is only a matter of time before the elephants become aggressive and hurt humans.

Narrating the damage caused by the elephants to his crops, Kapanda Marenga, who farms at Okomukaru village located along the Namibia-Botswana border fence, says he has suffered insurmountable damage to his crops and will find it hard to recoup such a loss before the winter season.

Marenga said the elephants have also destroyed the local water point’s engine which pumps water for the consumption of both livestock and humans, by uprooting it from its base.

SOURCE: NAMPA