An herd of five elephants destroyed banana crops and arecanut trees on farms on the Mettuppalayam – Vanabadrakaliamman temple road in the last two days.

The herd had entered the same place about 20 days ago, people said.

Though four went back to forest, one of them got separated. It killed an aged woman last month. After re-uniting, the herd crossed river Bhavani and strayed into various farms in the area.

Monitoring

The Forest Department is monitoring its movement. Farmers have demanded that a permanent solution be found to end the menace.

More In: Coimbatore