M'sian family's outing ends in tragedy as 3 die in hornet attack

A weekend outing to a mangrove ended in tragedy for one family in Malaysia, with three of them being stung to death by hornets.

The group had been walking along a river in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, looking for palm leaves to make tapai (fermented rice cake), reported Berita Harian.

But when one family member plucked a leaf she had spotted, she unwittingly caused a hornet nest the size of a football to fall to the ground.

Deadly attack

A swarm of deadly hornets began attacking the family, with Madam Sharifah Norhasyiawati Wan Aribi, 24, her daughter Nor Sharian Sharizan, six, and her sister-in-law, Ms Sharifah Esah Ebon, 42, bearing the brunt of the attack.

Sharian and Ms Esah were stung more than 40 times and 35 times respectively. Both died on Saturday.

Madam Sharifah was stung about 50 times and died in hospital on Sunday at 5am.

Three other family members, Madam Sharifah's husband Sharizan Ebon, 32, and the couple’s children Khusairi, two, and Ismail Jemali, nine, were each stung between 10 and 15 times.

Source: The Star