A man died while three others were left seriously injured following a bee attack in Assam’s Morigaon district on Tuesday morning.
The victims were stung by a large swarm of bees on Morigaon Circuit House Road around 9 am, police said. The insects were disturbed after nests on a tree were purportedly damaged by birds.
Dipak Nandi, one of the four persons hospitalised for injuries, succumbed to the venom, according to Morigaon Civil Hospital authorities. The three other victims are undergoing treatment but remain in critical condition.
Police have closed off the area to the public. The forest department is carrying out fogging and other measures to control the agitated honeybees that emerged after their hives were wrecked.
Locals have been advised to steer clear of the site as efforts continue to restore normalcy and assist those impacted in the bee attack incident. Authorities may need to prune branches or remove hives if deemed unsafe for residents.
The tragic episode has brought attention to the threat swarming bees can pose if their hives located close to human habitation are disturbed. Quick medical aid is vital when facing multiple stings that can prove lethal in rare cases.