Six people, including an eight-year-old girl, have died after being attacked by killer bees when the bus they were traveling in crashed in Nicaragua.
About 60 passengers were on board the vehicle as it traveled from Jinotega to San Sebastian de Yali when it veered off the road and crashed into an area where African bees were kept in hives, the authorities reported. local media.
The insects, colloquially known as “killer bees”, stung 45 passengers who crawled out of the bus.
Local people helped the victims before the arrival of firefighters and Ministry of Health personnel.
Photos showed survivors with hundreds of red marks on their upper bodies.
It was initially reported that four people had died after being bitten on Monday, but two others were later revealed to have died after being taken to hospital.
Among those killed were Andrea Carolina, eight, and her mother Eneyda Torrez Zelaya, 47.
Kenia Jazmin Soza Bonilla, 19, Reyna Isabel Olivas Montalvan, 84, Dilcia Flores Amparo, 32, and Santos Arnulfo Calderon Castellon, 38, were also killed.
Some 14 other people were injured in the accident.
Among them was a four-year-old boy who was taken to hospital and remains in serious condition.
African bees are generally more defensive, react faster, and chase people further away than other bee varieties.
They killed around 1,000 people, with victims suffering 10 times more stings than those of European bees.