A five-year-old Cambodian boy has died while his gran is fighting for life in hospital after they were attacked by wasps while cutting a palm tree.
The incident took place in the southern Cambodian province of Takeo while the 62-year-old grandmother, identified as Chen Oeurn, was cutting fronds from a palm tree to build a chicken coop.
The woman and her five-year-old grandson, identified as Morn Kakakda, struck a wasps’ nest and were immediately attacked, according to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Chuon Samang.
The 62-year-old woman remains in hospital after sustaining serious injuries.
The incident was witnessed by an unnamed neighbour.
Samang said: “While cutting the leaves, Oeurn accidentally hit a big nest of wasps hanging from the tree.
“Around 30 angry wasps immediately attacked both of them, inflicting multiple stings on their face, neck and chest.
“During the attack, Oeurn tried to rescue her grandson and carried him towards their house.
Samang added: “The boy died in the house shortly after.”
Distressing images show the young boy lying dead in his home shortly after the wasp attack.
The grandmother was found by neighbours who rushed her to a nearby hospital.
Following the incident, Samang reminded citizens to immediately seek medical attention if attacked by wasps as their sting can sometimes be fatal.
The tragedy comes months after a six-year-old girl was stung to death by a swarm of hornets, also in Cambodia.
Riem Lina had been riding her bike home from school when she stopped at a grocery store store in Svay Rieng Province on January 4.
She parked her bike next to a bush, and moments later a terrifying swarm of the deadly hornets emerged from it and began to sting the girl.
Locals heard Lina screaming in pain, but by the time they arrived to help she was no longer conscious.