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Guyanese men attacked by African killer bees, one dead another hospitalised

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 3:07 AM

African killer bees attacked a group of sugar workers in Guyana yesterday killing one man and resulting in hospitalisation of another, who said to be in serious condition.

The attack happened in the community of Bath Settlement west of the capital, Georgetown.

CANA reports that the 53-year-old deceased, Ramesh “Satesh” Lalaram, who worked at the state owned Guyana Sugar Corporation, was walking with nine other colleagues when they were attacked by the swarm of killer bees.

One of the injured men says they saw a herd of cows running in their direction with the swarm of bees overhead. Some of the men reportedly ran to a canal, while Lalaram and another man, Alta Ally, remained on the ground.

Ally reportedly warded off the bees by using a cigarette lighter to burn dried vegetation, but the bees continued to attack Lalaram Lalaram’s colleagues eventually got rid of the bees that had covered him, however, he appeared unconscious.

An ambulance rushed all the men to hospital where eight were treated and released. However, Lalaram was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors and Ally was admitted in serious condition.