Thousands of bees swarmed into blocks 122 and 122E along Sengkang East Way on Monday night, forcing residents to shut their doors and windows tightly.

According to residents there, the bees swarmed around the block and windows of their flats, flew into corridors, lifts, the multipurpose pavilion and managed to get into 8 flat units.

More than 100 residents in these blocks were affected.

One 64 year-old resident Ms Lin told the media that she got a fright of her life when she saw the bees in the corridor when she returned home at 8pm.

“After I got home, I closed the windows and main door tightly, but there were already more than 10 bees that got in. Early the next day, when I took my granddaughter out, I saw dead bees all over the corridors and outside the lifts. My granddaughter screamed and did not dare to move. She was in such a panic.”

Another 68 year-old resident Ms Fan said she put on a raincoat before leaving her house to avoid getting stung.

“Just to be sure, I wore a raincoat, but luckily the bees didn’t attack me. Because the floor was covered with dead bees, the maid came out to clear them and pricked her finger.”

At about 12.30PM on Tuesday, the Town Council sent a pest exterminator to help residents deal with the bees. Pest exterminator Mohammad Safuan responded to the scene.

Speaking to the media, Safuan said that the bees were there only temporarily and might have been drawn to the lights at night. He assured residents that the bees had not begun building a nest. He would clear the bees by spraying them with chemicals.

A beehive was reportedly found in a nearby multipurpose hall a few months ago, with pest exterminators being called in then as well.

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