Another deadly effect of global warming is about Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) going on a rampage in the Angkang city area of Shaanxi province in China.
Though this is not an unusual occurrence in China, as reports says that 36 people have died in the city and 715 others injured between 2002 and 2005 because of the attacks, this year’s rampage, however, has been attributed by experts to the hot, dry weather, which is ideal for breeding, along with land development that has, literally, stirred up the hornet’s nests.
It is believed that the giant hornets, measuring up to two inches in length, go deeper into wooded areas in search of bee colonies. A swarm of not even more than 30 hornets can easily wipe out a 30,000-strong honeybee colony in just a matter of hours.
Chinese officials have reportedly advised the public to avoid walking through wooded areas in the Shaanxi province after 19 people have been killed and hundreds seriously injured by the hornets’ neurotoxin-carrying venom this year.
Many of the victims were said to be bitten and stung up to 200 times, thereby succumbing to the venom, which in large doses, is said to cause anaphylactic shock and renal failure.
Hospitals have been inundated with hornet victims in recent months, according to Zhou Yuanhong, a health official in Angkang.
Witnesses and survivors lucky enough to endure the ordeal recalled being chased for hundreds of meters. With the capability of flying up to 62 miles (100 kilometres) at speeds of 25 mph (40 km/h), the hornets can easily outrace even a skilled runner.
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