Jharsuguda: Residents of Kolabira in Jharsugura district were in a state of panic after three wild elephants strayed into the community health centre today.
The herd of the pachyderms reportedly destroyed some houses in Kolabira as well.
On being informed, the Forest department officials rushed to the spot and drove away the elephants into Tureikela forest, informed sources.
Meanwhile, locals in Kolabira have rued such frequent intrusion of elephants into human settlement citing that they are under constant threat from the pachyderms.
Even in other parts of the State, many such instances of elephants straying into human settlement have been reported.