One killed, six injured after irrigation workers disturb massive bee nest in Chanthaburi


One woman was killed and six other irrigation workers clearing grass on the side of the road in Chanthuburi when they accidentally disturbed a large nest of bees yesterday.

Piyachart Khuranan of the Ko Perid Police was informed of the incident yesterday afternoon near the Chalerm Burapha Chonthit Road in the Laem Sing district.  A 43 year old woman, Ms. Nongnuch Tangman, was pronounced dead at the scene after running into a nearby lake to attempt to escape the bees and drowning. She had been stung dozens of times, according to rescue workers.

A co worker of Ms. Tangman, Mr.  Chalu Bunbunchu, 70, told associated press that the group of workers from the Royal Thai Irrigation Department were clearing grass and branches on the side of the road. While Ms. Nongnuch was cutting branches she failed to notice the nest of bees, causing a branch to hit the nest and anger the nest. All seven were stung multiple times and ran for cover, however Ms. Nongnuch took the brunt of the stings. Rescue workers said she died as a combination of the stings and drowning while running to a lake to attempt to get away from the bees but appeared to have after fallen unconscious from the pain and drowned. A video courtesy of Sakchai S can be found here, sensitive viewers should be warned as it contains disturbing images to some viewers.

The other six workers, including Mr. Chalu, were taken to the Laem Sing hospital for medical assistance and treatment.  Rescue workers stated that the bee hive will be safely removed, relocated and handled by trained beekeepers as the nest is in a populated area and officials are afraid other people could be injured.


Photos: 77kaoded, translated and written from Thai by The Pattaya News team.

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