Written by CNN Staff Writer Written by CNN Staff Writer
A storm in Egypt has claimed three lives and caused tons of damage to a desert salt desert as scorpions swarmed into houses and buildings, the country’s health ministry said.
The mountainous province of Abu Simbel is home to about 3,000-year-old salt mines where unlucky people and animals are buried at sunrise.
“People who lived there had scorpions on their bodies, going into the houses and eating them in front of people,” a ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
He blamed a change in climate, the rising pollution level in Abu Simbel, high temperatures and other environmental issues for the scorpion’s resurgence in the desert.
At least 500 scorpions found on the streets of Abu Simbel, south of Cairo.
The number of scorpions inside homes increased to more than a thousand in a few months, the spokesman said.
Medical teams in Abu Simbel, south of Cairo, have also treated more than 4,000 scorpion stings this year, according to the ministry.
The water table in the region was dropping because of the shrinking of the salt deposits, making it less effective in putting out fires, bringing in tourists and providing irrigation, the spokesman said.
Experts say that without the salt formation, the country’s famous oases would have withered away.