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TELUPID: About 300 workers at Ladang Sungai Ruku-Ruku, near here, panicked when a herd of 30 elephants charged into their plantation on Wednesday night.

In the incident that lasted from 8pm to 6am, the workers ran into the nearby forest for safety.

The commotion saw crops like vegetables, fruits and palm trees destroyed.

No casualty was reported.

Plantation clerk Norfaezah Amir, 23, said she was with a friend when they heard loud noises coming from outside her home.

"I went out and saw a herd of elephants, drinking from a water tank in front of the house.

"I tried to chase them away, but one of the elephants spurted water at me."

She saw workers running helter-skelter as more elephants entered the plantation.

"Several workers tried to chase them away by honking from a vehicle, but to no avail.

"They continued to destroy the vegetables.

"The herd only returned to the jungle when morning approached."

Norfaezah said the plantation management had alerted the state Wildlife Department.

Wildlife Rescue Unit head Dr Sen Nathan said a report had been received and a team would check on the situation at the plantation.

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