Baripada: With no respite in sight from the jumbo menace in the State, a herd of wild elephants wreaked havoc in Karanjia forest division in Mayurbhanj district last evening.
As per the report, the herd comprising of 22 elephants of different age groups sneaked into villages like Sana Deuli, Bada Deuli and Bhanra last afternoon and resorted to massive crop damage.
Later, the pachyderms caused road blockade for hours on Karanjia-Chadheibhola main road while passing into the nearby forest. Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on either side of the route due to the elephant incursion.
Forest officials have rushed to the spot this morning and put the herd under watch.
The herd was last seen near Bada Deuli forest, informed forest officials.