21 Jun 2022 07:03 GMT

While searching for water, the victim came across a herd of elephants advancing towards her and when she tried to run away one of the animals chased her and trampled her.

An elephant fatally trampled a woman in a rural area in the Indian state of Odisha and attacked her body again during the funeral, also damaging the house of the deceased and those of her neighbors. informs The Times of India.

The tragedy happened on June 9 in the town of Raipal, in the east of the country. The sources indicated that the 68-year-old victim, who lived in a village surrounded by a forest, went to a place near her house in the morning to fetch water. On her way she met a herd of elephants advancing towards her and when she tried to flee one of the animals he chased her and trampled her.

Later, the villagers arrived at the scene and freed the woman. However, on the way to the hospital the victim died.

At night, after the autopsy, the relatives took the body to the village to carry out funerary rituals. When they got to the graveyard, a herd of about 12 elephants appeared again from the forest.

The inhabitants fled the site leaving the body near the village, after which one of the elephants attacked the body of the woman. The enraged pack members too caused damage to several homes from the area, collect the medium.

The family and neighbors of the victim were unable to complete the last ritual that same day for fear of further aggression from the animals. When the elephants left the village on Friday morning, the villagers steeled themselves to carry out the woman’s funeral.

“We were terrified […] We have never seen such a ferocious herd of elephants.”commented a villager.

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