Hazaribagh, Nov. 2: A herd of 24 elephants damaged eight houses and a wall of a primary school, besides devouring foodgrain meant to prepare midday meals, at a village in Ichak block yesterday evening.
Deputy commissioner Manish Ranjan, along with forest officials, reached Murtiya village, 35km from the district headquarters, today and promised houses under Indira Awas Yojana and foodgrain to the affected families.
Ranjan also asked the officials to call experts from Bengal to chase the herd, which strayed into the village around 6pm and returned to a nearby forest in the wee hours today.
Sources said the herd had entered Giridih from Dumka taking a route via Jamtara and Dhanbad. Last week, the animals damaged crops and houses in Barkatha and killed a person in Tatijharia. The herd entered Ichak two days ago.
Ranjan also directed block officials to prepare a proposal to set up two-storied buildings in places such Murtiya for villagers to take cover when faced with marauding herds.