Sunday, 8 Dec 2019

Three killed and five injured after wasps attack family in China

Swarm of wasps kill three and injure five in attack on family leaving a funeral in China

  • Three men died and five were injured after a swarm of wasps attacked mourners
  • The eight victims, all from the same family, were leaving funeral in Tangdu, China
  • Oldest victim was 87, with a 60-year-old and 70-year-old also killed by the wasps
  • A man, 70, died of anaphylaxis at the scene and his two relatives died in hospital

Three mourners were killed and five were left injured after a swarm of wasps attacked a family leaving a funeral service in China.

Eight members of the Pang family were set upon by the deadly insects as they departed their relative’s burial site on Saturday.

The eight men were aged between 45 and 87, and are believed to have been on foot when they encountered the aggressive wasp swarm near their nest in the village of Tangdu. 

A 70-year-old man died of anaphylaxis – a severe allergic reaction to the stings – at the scene before the victims were taken to Xingye People’s Hospital, according to local media.

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Two of the five survivors of the wasp attack (left and right) were seen in video footage of the aftermath of the deadly wasp attack in Tangdu, China

The local fire service and forestry experts later removed the wasp nest (above) after the attack that saw eight members of the same family killed or injured 

At hospital two more men, aged 60 and 87, succumbed to fatal anaphylactic shock.

The five surviving relatives were taken to the larger Yulin First People’s Hospital for further treatment.

According to officials in the county of Xingye in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, one man remains in a serious condition.

Video footage shared on social media shows some of the surviving members paralysed in pain on the ground while being tended to by paramedics.

Two of then were lying on the ground as paramedics treated them. Cried from a distraught relative could be heard in the background.

Hundreds of wasp stings could be seen across the surviving victim’s bodies, arms and faces as they lay on the ground.  

The local fire service, together with forestry experts, later removed the wasp nest after the incident.

They are still investigating the case and are providing the necessary support to the Pang family, a statement by the county municipal government said.

The wasp species that attacked the funeral attendees has not been disclosed.  

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