After unprecedented storms cause flooding in Egypt, scorpion attacks kill three people and injure hundreds.
According to reports, an unprecedented violent hail and thunderstorm struck the area near the Nile River on Friday, driving hordes of venomous scorpions onto streets and into homes, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries.
Heavy storms reportedly roused the scorpions, resulting in the deaths of three people who were stung in the southern city of Aswan, according to BBC News.
According to the news outlet, 450 more people were harmed by scorpion stings in the area, according to a health ministry official.
Snakes, too, have been disturbed, according to the report.
Heavy rain, thunder, dust storms, and snowfall were reported by the Al-Ahram news agency in Aswan, where rain is uncommon, causing flood fears.
Rain caused power outages and toppled trees, in addition to flushing scorpions and snakes from their hiding places.
According to Al-Ahran, Ehab Hanafy, the health ministry’s undersecretary in Aswan, hospitals are in “extreme readiness” and doctors have been “called from vacations” to deal with the influx of patients.
He went on to say that medical units in Aswan, as well as those in more remote areas, were given extra antivenom supplies.
According to IFLScience, the Arabian fat-tailed scorpion lives in Aswan and the surrounding region, where the average annual rainfall is 10 millimeters (0.4 inches). Its venom is a deadly mix of “neurotoxins, cardiotoxins, and possibly myotoxins,” which cause “intense pain, redness, and swelling of the sting,” as well as “heart malfunction, internal bleeding, visual disturbance, and respiratory problems.”
According to the report, if left untreated, a sting can kill an adult in less than an hour.
The Egyptian fat-tailed scorpion, which is found throughout Northern Africa, has been described as “one of the most deadly in the world,” according to NPR.
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