A Tanzanian official said on Monday that authorities would conduct an aerial survey to establish the number of stray elephants in villages in the country’s southern districts.
Hashim Komba, the Nachingwea district commissioner in the Lindi region, said the plan was revealed by Deputy Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Mary Masanja on Sunday.
Komba told Xinhua in a telephone interview that Masanja announced the plan after visiting villages in Nachingwea and Liwale districts and seeing the damage caused by stray elephants on local farms.
Komba said most of the stray elephants that frequently invade farms come from Nyerere National Park.
On May 23, Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Damascus Ndumbaro issued a warning to villages adjacent to Nyerere National Park saying at least 200 elephants have wandered outside the park.