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Mobile Phones to Warn of Rampaging Elephants

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The forestry department of India's Jharkhand State has started handing out free mobile phones to villages to warn them of rampaging elephants. The mobile phone distribution schemes was launched early this month and over 100 phones have been handed out so far. In total, some 600 villages will be given a handset by the project.

"Mobiles are being distributed to one member of the Joint Forest and Village Defence Committee (JFVDC) member of each village. The mobile has all the relevant numbers of the forest department so that the officials can be informed about the movement of rampaging elephants," Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) A.K. Singh told the IANS news agency.

"We have also constituted flying squads who rush to villages where elephant movements are seen. The flying squad members drive away the elephants to save the villagers," he added.

Since 2000, over 1,000 people have been injured by rampaging elephants, and 679 have died.

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