Elephants are said to have terrorised some communities surrounding Vwaza Game Reserve in Mzimba and Rumphi, prompting the Department of Parks and WildlifeÂ to send a team to investigate the matter.
Bosco Chipeta, who lives at Kapondera Trading Centre near the protected area, said since last Tuesday people are spending sleepless nights in the area.
â€œWe are not sleeping at home as elephants are coming to our villages now and again. They are destroying crops and houses.
â€œWe do not know what will happen during the planting season and we call upon government to protect our crops and lives,â€ said Chipeta
Senior assistant parks and wildlife officer responsible for animal control Peter Wadi said government is doing everything possible to contain the situation.
â€œWe got the first report on 2nd July that the elephants were at Chikwawa [in Rumphi]. Then on 4th July they were spotted at Elunyeni and Mpherembe [in Mzimba]. And on 8th July they were at Elunyeni and Madise,â€ he said.
Wadi, however, complained that people are vandalising the wire surrounding the game reserve which creates paths for the elephants.