Deadly scorpions plague Egyptian city of Aswan after heavy rains

Posted on 16 November 2021

Heavy storms in the Southern city of Aswan in Egypt have resulted in a plague of deadly scorpions that are wreaking havoc on the lives of residents. The influx of scorpions has resulted in fatalities and injuries.

Scorpions have a very low metabolic rate meaning that they can survive long periods between meals. Scorpions are estimated to survive up to twelve months without eating.

The flooding and heavy rains are believed to have caused scorpions to be washed out of their hiding places. The region often experiences drastic weather conditions such as hail, thunderstorms, and downpours that draw out scorpions and even snakes.

So far, three deaths have been recorded and up to 500 people have been hospitalised with related injuries, according to BBC news. The symptoms of a scorpion sting can include difficulty breathing, muscle twitching and unusual head movements.

According to a local English-language news site ‘Ashram Online’, the surrounding hospitals and medical centres have been supplied with extra doses of anti-venom to treat patients involved in scorpion incidents. The doctors are working around the clock to treat patients and tend to the wounded.

The government has ordered the closure of schools and has additionally instructed locals to remain home for now.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons


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