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A 59-year-old woman from Karur district was killed by a wild elephant at Cherambadi, Pandalur, on Sunday night.

Forest department officials identified the deceased as S. Rajeshwari. The incident occurred when the woman was returning to her daughter’s house after attending a temple consecreation ceremony.

Forest Range Officer (in-charge), Cherambadi Range, C. Manoharan, said that interim compensation of ₹. 50,000 was handed over to the next of kin of the deceased by Assistant Conservator of Forests, Vijayan.

Forest department officials said that the death of Rajeshwari was the fifth casualty of human-elephant conflicts in the Nilgiris, and the fourth in the forests surrounding Gudalur and Pandalur.

In another incident, G.Suresh (34), another resident of Cherambadi, sustained injuries while trying to flee from a wild elephant. Forest department officials said that Mr. Suresh was returning home when he spotted an elephant and tried to flee. He was believed to have tripped and sustained injuries from the incident and was admitted to the Government Hospital in Gudalur.

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