Panic has engulfed the Nuu area of Mwingi Central in Kitui County after five elephants invaded the area last night.
The locals said they suspected the wild animals might have escaped from the neighbouring Kora National Park.
They urged the Kenya Wildlife Service to act swiftly and drive out the animals that are said to be accompanied by their young ones.
A villager, John Kimanthi, said: “There is a lot of fear, as no one knows what will happen next. The elephants seem restless since they are in the midst of settlements, as they are easily disturbed by noises from villagers. They pose a grave danger to us.”
The villagers were worried about the possible destruction of their fruit trees and food crops by the elephants.
Contacted by telephone, KWS officers said they were aware that the elephants had strayed out of the park and were monitoring their movements.
A month ago, KWS officers were forced to use a helicopter to search for stray buffaloes that killed one person and injured six others in Mwingi Central.