Scorpion swarms kill 3, injure hundreds in Egyptian city

Scorpions inundate a city in southern Egypt, killing three people and injuring 453.

Heavy storms, including rain, hail and thunder, flooded the city and the nearby Nile River in recent days. The severe weather drove the venomous creatures out of their nests, into the city of Aswan, where they are seeking refuge from the weather in buildings.

An expert tells local media the heavy rains wash scorpions and snakes out of their resting places, causing them to seek shelter in homes, particularly on high ground.

Residents are told to stay home and avoid mountainous and wooded areas amid the severe weather.

Doctors in the area are redirected from a COVID vaccination campaign to treat stings.

A sting from Egypt’s fat-tail scorpion can kill a human in under an hour.

Illustrative: A black fat-tail scorpion. (CC-BY SA, Guy Haimovitch /Wikimedia Commons)

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