Karnataka: Bee swarm attack leaves six agricultural labourers in hospital | Mangaluru News – Times of India

UDUPI: Six agricultural labourers working in a field bore the brunt of a seemingly unprovoked yet inexplicable attack by a swarm of bees on them at Kasanagundu area in Kota gram panchayat on Friday.
While there is no official corroboration of the exact turn of events that led to this attack, locals surmise that an Eagle disturbing the beehive on a tree nearby could have ‘triggered’ this raid that left two of the women in a bad shape.
The labourers were harvesting groundnut crop when the incident took place. Caught off-guard when the swarm descended on them, the labourers did their best to ward off the attack, but to no avail. Two of the six victims of the bee attack – Prema and Buddu who bore the brunt of the attack had to be shifted to a private hospital in Manipal for treatment. The others – Kaveri, Paddu, Susheela and Lachchi suffered to a lesser extent.
While Lachchi underwent treatment at the community health centre in Kota, the remaining three were treated at a private hospital in Kota. Police officials at jurisdictional Kota police station said all six women are out of danger and recovering. Locals who witnessed the attack said efforts by the besieged women to take shelter in nearby houses failed as the bees had fanned out in a large area and stung anyone in their path.
The locals also hailed the presence of mind shown by a local girl – Sinchana unmindful of the danger around her for summoning ambulances to the spot and in helping shift the badly stung women to the hospital. Locals Chandra Poojary, Govind Marakala, Ashoka, Manju, Adithya, Srinidhi and Neelu too assisted the women to get timely medical treatment. An agriculture department official said bee stings are not covered under the farmer relief scheme.

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