Hundreds stung by scorpions as freak storms lash Aswan province

Aswan, a southern province in Egypt has been lashed by heavy rain, flooding and even snow which has left three people dead and more than 500 others hospitalised from scorpion stings. Lightning lit up the skies as downpours, hail and thunder in the province of Aswan over the weekend forced local authorities to suspend school classes Sunday, Governor Ashraf Attia said.

Hundreds stung by scorpions as freak storms lash Aswan province

The storms forced scorpions from their hiding places into many houses across the province, Mr Attia added. Hundreds of people have been stung as scorpions went into homes around Aswan seeking shelter from the freak storms. The storms have caused wide-spread flooding across southern parts of Aswan.

At least 503 people were hospitalised after suffering scorpion stings and that all of them were discharged after they were given anti-venom doses. Acting Health Minister Khalid Abdel-Ghafar said in a statement that no deaths were reported from scorpion stings.