A ‘biblical’ inundation of toads, frogs, and tadpoles descended upon the city of Choloma in Honduras, causing chaos and a significant multi-vehicle pile-up after heavy rains inundated the region, leading to drain overflows and stagnant water accumulation.
The unusual outbreak commenced on December 3, persisting for at least three days, as recounted by local residents who witnessed an overwhelming invasion of amphibians swarming streets, residences, and gardens in massive numbers. The situation turned dire when the slippery slime residue left by the amphibians led to mishaps, causing people to slip and fall, resulting in injuries.
In a startling turn of events, a disastrous multi-car pile-up unfolded when a pick-up truck lost control due to the slick slime-coated road surface. This incident entangled at least five vehicles, including two lorries, a tanker, and a motorcycle that was severely burnt. Fortunately, despite several injuries, no fatalities were reported. However, the road blockade led to substantial traffic congestion, prompting an investigation by traffic officials.
Expressing shock and fear at the scene, one local resident compared the amphibian invasion to the plagues described in ancient Egyptian lore, referencing the biblical narrative from the Book of Exodus.
This unnerving event has drawn parallels to other recent ‘biblical’ plague occurrences. Earlier this month, Yucatán in Mexico experienced a locust invasion, reminiscent of the eighth plague from the Book of Exodus. Massive swarms of locusts stretched across miles, darkening skies, colliding with buildings, and devouring greenery in parks and plazas.
The phenomenon has sparked astonishment and conversation globally, as historical references from religious texts find echoes in these peculiar contemporary events. While such occurrences may be rare, their impact on local communities and infrastructure is substantial, necessitating swift action and management to ensure safety and mitigate disruptions caused by these extraordinary events.
The city continues to grapple with the aftermath of this extraordinary natural phenomenon, emphasizing the need for effective drainage solutions and community preparedness to address such unusual events in the future.