A 52-year-old woman was injured after the mud wall of her house caved in on her when a tusker, which had strayed into Theerthakadu village in the foothills of Jawadhu Hills, damaged the house while in search of food during the early hours of Sunday.
The tusker, which was part of a nine-member herd, had been wandering in and around Jawadhu Hills for more than a year. Last year, the Forest Department had tranquillised and translocated six elephants of the herd to Topslip and Mudhumalai, as the elephants were straying into villages frequently and causing damages to property and crops .
A few minutes past midnight, the tusker had entered the village in search of food. During the process it damaged the mud wall of Susila’s house where the foodgrains had been stocked.
As a result, the wall collapsed and fell on Susila, who was asleep inside. She raised an alarm. Hearing her screams, the villagers rushed to her house and chased the elephant away.
Following this, the injured woman was admitted to the government hospital in Vaniyambadi.