Written by Staff Writer
(CNN) — A powerful storm in Egypt killed three people and sent thousands of scorpions soaring into the air Tuesday, a health ministry spokesman said.
Firefighters were in “extreme difficulty” battling a swarm of scorpions the size of rats that had become air-conditioning backups that trapped hundreds of Cairo residents in their homes, the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.
Photographs posted on the ministry’s Facebook page show swathes of plaster, roofing and ceiling panels torn away from a Cairo building as firefighters raced to remove what they said were several dozen ant colonies built up by the insects on top of the concrete.
Earlier, the storm’s howling winds uprooted trees and blew roofing sheets and other material across train tracks.
CNN’s Mariam Jobhard, Richard Boudreaux and Sara Sidner contributed to this report.
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