This was the third such incident of an attack in the same vicinity in a week
Khomshar: A 79-year-old woman and her nine-month old grandson were stung to death by a swarm of killer wasps on October 5, making it the second fatal incident in less than a week in Zhemgang’s Khomshar village.
The 79-year-old woman, who was carrying her grandson, had gone to chase away monkeys in their maize field that afternoon when the killer wasps attacked.
The baby died an hour after the incident, and the grandmother died the next morning.
Health officials from Yebilaptsa hospital, who are in Bardo, said the grandmother and grandson were stung more than 30 times.
In the first incident on October 2, a 23-year-old man died from wasp stings while he was out to collect fodder.
A third incident occurred on October 6 in Legpati village when a 38-year-old woman was stung, but she survived the attack, and is reported to be recovering at the Langdurbi basic health unit.
The 38-year -old woman was stung when she was chasing out the family horse from the maize field. The incident occurred near their lone house in Legpati village of Bardo gewog.
Legpati is about an hour and half walk from Bardo gewog centre in Khomshar.
“The woman, who is recovering in Langdurbi BHU, was stung thrice,” the dzongkhag medical officer, Dr Sonam Kelzang, said. She was stung on the forearms.
The woman is reported to be in stable condition and she was given promethazine and dexamethasone, drugs used to treat allergies and inflammatory conditions.
A team from Zhemgang dzongkhag, comprising police, dzongkhag and forest officials, is on its way to Bardo to investigate the incidents.
By Tashi Dema