A boy has died after being stung by a hundreds of wasps as he helped his grandmother in the garden.
Mon Kakada, six, was attacked by a swarm of hornets after his gran, Jen Oeun, accidentally disturbed a nest while pruning trees.
Horrified onlookers described how they heard Mon screaming during the tragic incident on July 21 in Poun Village, Koh Andet, Cambodia.
Neighbours rushed to help but the boy died in his grandmother’s arms minutes after later.
Jen, 62, was also stung several times and taken to hospital. She is said to have suffered a loss of vision and has been kept in hospital for monitoring.
Heartbroken relatives held a funeral for Mon at his family home. His mother, Ah Len, said: ‘I feel so sorry for my boy. I cry every time I think about how much he suffered.
‘He did not deserve to die like this. If I was there to protect him he might have survived.’
Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Police Colonel Sam Vesna from the Koh Andet district police station said: ‘We interviewed the grandmother of the boy and she told us what happened.
‘She said she tried to fight away the wasps but they also stung her. The victim’s family accepted the cause of death.’
Banded hornets are tropical species found in Asia.
The likelihood of getting stung by a hornet is very small, but if they do attack it can be fatal as they release more venom per sting than any other stinging insect.
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