Rogue elephants continue to wreak havoc in north coastal Andhra Pradesh bordering Orissa, killing one more person on Sunday, taking the toll to eight since last week.
The tuskers, which entered from neighbouring Orissa, trampled one tribal to death in Srikakulam district, about 600 kms from Hyderabad.
Forest officials said the tusker menace has so far claimed 17 lives since Aug 13, when the first attack was reported in the district.
The pachyderms killed a scribe of a vernacular daily on Friday in Srikakulam district when he went into the forests along with a group of journalists to film the rogue elephants.
About a dozen elephants continue to prowl in the forest areas, felling trees and damaging standing crops. This has caused panic among tribals, many of whom were fleeing their homes.
Officials have also evacuated nine tribal areas and put the villagers in schoolbuildings.
All the efforts by the officials to tackle the menace have failed.
As part of the 'Operation Jumbo', the forest officials have brought three trained elephants, which are expected to drive the rogue elephants back to Orissa forests. However, the efforts have so far not yielded the desired result.
The desperate tribals have warned the officials to immediately do something or allow them to control the menace with whatever measures they deem necessary.
The officials have directed people living in Andhra-Orissa border area not to venture into forests. Last Tuesday, two persons were crushed to death by the elephants.
According to officials, elephants and other animals move downstream during monsoon but the increased mining in Orissa was forcing them to move south to safety.