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Egypt hit by storms which caused ‘scorpion floods’ injuring over 500

17:48, 16 November 2021
Egypt hit by storms which caused ‘scorpion floods’ injuring over 500 Photo: pixabay.com

The southern province of Aswan has been experiencing extreme rainfalls since the weekend, three citizens have been found dead.


Egyptian media have reported that more than 500 people suffering from scorpion stings have been hospitalized in the Aswan province following heavy rainfalls which have been terrorizing the region since this weekend.

According to governor Ashraf Attia, three people died in thunder and rains untypical for the area, while 503 others have been taken to hospital and given anti-venom doses.

No deaths caused by the stings have been reported, health minister Khalid Abdel-Ghafar assured, adding that authorities deployed over 3,000 other doses in Aswan, home to about 1.5 mln people.

Schools and other institutions have been closed due to heavy rainfalls as well as marine traffic on the Nile. Several power outages have been reported in the province.

Hospitals have been put on alert while some doctors left their vacation and have been sent to help those poisoned.

Arabian fat-tailed scorpions inhabiting the Aswan mountains are considered to be one of the most dangerous species in the world. An ordinary person is likely to die one hour after the sting. However, cases of deaths caused by their attack are rare in Egypt with generally several lethal incidents per year.