77 people killed in human-wildlife conflicts in 2018: Balala

Residents of Siron Village in Marmanet, Laikipia County, react after coming across a herd of nine elephants being driven back to the forest on March 20, 2019. PHOTO | STEVE NJUGUNA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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  • The ministry has also reported that 1,263 people were seriously injured by the animals last year, 501 properties damaged and 735 animals killed.
  • Elephants have killed people and destroyed elephants in counties including Kajiado, Narok, Taita Taveta and Makueni counties. Other cases have been reported in Laikipia, Lamu and Meru.
  • The committee has tabulated claims totalling Sh5 billion over the period.
  • The KWS has started fencing hotspots and that ministry was considering insurance firms to provide covers for people living near national parks and game reserves.

More than 400 people were killed in human-wildlife conflicts between 2014 and 2017, with 77 deaths recorded in 2018, according to the Tourism ministry.

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