35 injured, 17 of them serious in bee attack at religious fare in Mandya

Mandya, Nov 22 (IANS): More than 35 people were injured, with 17 of them in serious condition, following a honey bee attack at a religious fair in Mandya district of Karnataka on Wednesday.

The mishap occurred during the observation of the Tottilamadu annual religious fair at the historic temple town of Melukote in Pandavapura taluk.

Thousands of devotees had gathered to witness Astha Theerthodbhava on Wednesday when suddenly, honey bees started attacking devotees who had come with their families.

Authorities have stated that more than 35 people were rushed to hospital. Among them, the condition of 17 is serious, and they have been shifted to the Mysuru Hospital for further treatment.

Locals explained that the devotees had lit camphor under the tree where the honey bee hive was built. The bees got disturbed by the smoke and started attacking people. The devotees fled, running helter-skelter to escape the attack.



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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Thu, Nov 23 2023

    Kujuji, bees beeja.....bahu farak. Lord Siddha will find out the root cause..

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Thu, Nov 23 2023

    Sorry to see innocent devotees at the receiving end., the organizers would have some attention to the safety of people..,

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Nov 23 2023

    Was this Intentional ...

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  • S. Antony DS, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 23 2023

    Honeybees usually sting in defense of their hive if they feel threatened. Negligence around a hive or disturbing the bees could trigger defensive behavior. Lighting camphor might also be perceived as a threat, causing bees to react defensively. It's important to be cautious around bees to avoid provoking them. Even though the devotees unknowingly lighted the camphor, it should be an eye opener in future to observe surroundings before doing any harm to bees and take precautions. When bees 🐝 attack, do not panic, don’t run but move slowly, lying face down also good idea if one finds no shelter or vehicles. Cover face. Do not jump in water which is a bad idea. Try to remove the sting carefully and seek urgent medical aid.

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