About 24 students and four teachers were injured when a swarm of honeybees attacked them while they were camping at a mango grove near S M Tanda, a tribal hamlet, in Kamepalli mandal on Monday.
Sources said 30 students and teachers of the government primary school of S M Tanda went on a picnic to a mango grove on the outskirts of the village. Honeybees attacked them after being disturbed by smoke emanating from burning firewood during preparation of food. The schoolchildren and teachers ran helter-skelter to save themselves. However, around 24 students, four teachers and an autorickshaw driver were stung.
The injured children were rushed to a private hospital in Khammam and later to the district headquarters hospital after the private hospital staff reportedly expressed their inability to provide treatment to all of them.
The condition of three injured students, including a physically- challenged boy, was stated to be serious.