Elephants have unleashed a rein of terror damaging houses and crops under Bamra wildlife division here.
A herd of 40 to 50 elephants entered the Garposh forest range from Sundargarh district and left behind a trail of destruction in villages of Phatatangar, Jurajam and Luhuraberni. They have been traced in the outskirts of Jurajam village in the morning.
Villagers said it has been more than week that the herd entered the area and except routine patrolling, the Forest Department is yet to take any visible step to chase away the animals.
To add to the chaos, Wesco authorities are disconnecting power supply to avoid elephant casualty.
Sources said after an elephant was crushed to death by Howrah-Mumbai Gitanjali Superfast Express near Sagra railway station in the district on the wee hours of November 26, some animals of the herd stayed back in Jurajam area and are afraid to cross the track.
They are unleashing terror in the area while about 20 to 30 elephants who had crossed the track before the accident are stuck up in Kurlukhaman and Sunakhan on the other side of the track.