Wasp nests removed in Sri Lanka ahead of Indian PM visit

AP News
Posted: May 09, 2017 11:39 PM
Wasp nests removed in Sri Lanka ahead of Indian PM visit

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have removed thousands of wasps from a tea growing region ahead of a visit this week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After a planned visit to Colombo on Friday, Modi is scheduled to visit a tea plantation to open an Indian-funded hospital and speak to workers of Indian heritage.

Two wasp nests were removed from tall trees near two helipads where Modi and Sri Lankan leaders are expected to land because of concerns the helicopters carrying them might disturb the wasps and prompt them to sting people within 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) of the site, said Tissa Bandara Thambawita of the Bee Protection Organization.

The wasps were released in a nearby jungle, he said Tuesday.

Eight people from the group were posted in the area until Modi finishes his visit.

Modi arrives in Sri Lanka on Thursday as the chief guest for the Buddhist celebration of Vesak, which marks the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.

Modi will address the international conference to mark the United Nations Day of Vesak in Colombo before heading to the tea plantation.

He is scheduled to leave Sri Lanka on Friday.