At least 50 vehicles and two houses were damaged when a lone elephant went on the rampage at Thibbatuweva in Kekirawa for several hours yesterday morning, police and residents said.
They said the cow elephant ran amok in the Kekirawa town forcing people to flee in all directions for safety and creating a traffic chaos. The lone elephant had entered a private garden the previous night and later charged into the town early morning after wildlife official had fired a flare gun into the air to push the animal back into the jungle.
Earlier, the animal had also attacked and damaged a parked private passenger vehicle.
According to wildlife officials the flare gun had apparently irritated the elephant and provoked it to charge into the town.
It took some seven hours for wildlife and police officers to drive the elephant back into the wild.