A machine operator with Lira Municipal Council was on Thursday afternoon killed by a swarm of bees that attacked him as he returned to his home in Bar Sub-county, Erute South.
George Ojok, 60, was riding his bicycle back home after work when he was attacked by the bees, which had earlier been disturbed after people harvested honey from their hives.
Several people who followed that route earlier were also attacked by the hundreds of bees which swarmed out of their hive but they fled to safety. Ojok, who was sickly, was not as lucky.
His two sons, on hearing of the incident, fainted and were rushed to Lira Regional Referral Hospital and discharged in the morning as their condition stabilised. Mr Tom Odongo, 31, one of the sons of the diseased, said his father by passed him on the way as he branched to talk to some people at Balpe Market.
He said as he proceeded home, he met some people who informed him of bees disturbing people and he diverted to follow another route.
This is the first incident where a swarm of bees has killed a person. On many occasions, only animals, especially goats, have been killed.Mr Ojok will be buried today at his home in Ogena Village, Ayira Parish in Bar Sub-county.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor