(SAYID DKHEEL, Iraq) — The residents of a southern Iraqi city have to worry about more than a war and deadly militants. The city of Sayid Dkheel is also facing an invasion of snakes, many of them venomous.
The snakes, which include cobras, have shown up with the rising temperatures in search of a cooler refuge. Since then, they’ve reportedly attacked scores of people, leaving 60 dead.
To make matters worse, according to residents, the central government in Baghdad has ignored their requests for medicine and proper equipment to treat the often fatal snake bites. Without medical supplies, bites that could have been treated prove fatal.
As a result, many people have fled their homes while they wait for assistance or until the snakes leave town.
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Euan McKirdy, Bryony Jones and Barry Neild, CNN
Sarah Anderson, Deseret News