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13 tourists injured in hornet attack in Northern Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Thirteen tourists were injured in a hornet attack in Neidong National Forest Recreation Area in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon, according to the New Taipei City Fire Department, in the third such incident in two days.

The 13 tourists were attempting to find shelter from the rain and accidentally startled a hornet's nest in the forest recreation area, the New Taipei Fire Department said, noting that the 13 people were sent to a hospital for treatment. Five of the people were stung by the hornets, the department said, adding that all of the 13 people are in a fair condition.

Thunder storms hit Taipei and New Taipei City yesterday afternoon with an accumulated rainfall of 57 millimeters recorded in Banqiao District (板橋區) of New Taipei and a record 33.5 millimeters in Xinyi District (信義區) of Taipei City.

On Saturday, 25 people were hurt in two separate hornet attacks in Northen Taiwan. Thirteen people from two families were attacked by hornets on a mountain path on the border of Yilan County and New Taipei City. Twelve people, including an infant, were attacked by hornets in mountains in Taoyuan County on the same day, with the baby receiving six hornet stings.

The three incidents all happened in mountainous areas and all of those involved are in a fair condition, according to both New Taipei and Taoyuan firefighters.

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