Downpours, hail and thunder in the province of Aswan over the weekend forced local authorities to suspend school classes Sunday, Gov. Ashraf Attia said.
The storms forced scorpions from their hiding places into many houses across the province, Attia added. He said at least 503 people were hospitalized after suffering scorpion stings and that all of them were discharged after they were given anti-venom doses.
Egypt is home to the Egyptian fat-tailed scorpion, which is considered “one of the most deadly scorpions in the world,” with many deaths coming as a result coming from its poisonous stinger, according to the Saint Louis Zoo.
Acting Health Minister Khalid Abdel-Ghafar said in a statement that no deaths were reported from scorpion stings.
#Egypt : Health official in Aswan has told BBC that the heavy thunder & hail storm there washed scorpions into the streets & people’s homes – causing 400 people to be stung – in the rains scorpions seek refuge anywhere they can… #أسوان #مِصر
— sebastian usher (@sebusher) November 13, 2021
Photos and video footage circulated on social media showed flooded streets and damaged houses, vehicles and agricultural farms.
The Al-Ahram daily reported the deaths, citing Ehab Hanafy, the Health Ministry’s Undersecretary in Aswan. It did not elaborate on the cause.
The rainfall also caused power outages.