Terrifying moment ‘mosquito tornado’ sweeps through village

Huge swarm of insects on the coast of Cocibolca

Residents were left stunned after a terrifying “mosquito tornado” swept through a village in Nicaragua. The bizarre phenomenon was observed in Lake Cocibolca when thousands of mosquitos swarmed the shore, creating an unnerving brown cloud.

Agro-meteorologist Agustín Moreira explained that this natural occurrence is common during the rainy season.

The expert clarified that these mosquitoes have a lifespan of at least 24 hours, which means they pose no harm to people and don’t affect crops.

The recorded footage shows a massive column of brown-coloured insects at La Virgen in Rivas, as millions of them congregated on the shores of Lake Cocibolca on a Monday morning.

The video was captured in a coastal area approximately five miles away from the departmental capital, Rivas, and depicts the swarm gradually approaching a populated region.

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Similar phenomena have been observed in the areas of Rivas, Río San Juan, and Ometepe Island. 

In June 2022, similar images were recorded near Morritos, where a large column of black insects were spotted crossing the waters of Lake Cocibolca.

Last year, photographs and videos of a dense black cloud, with an irregular shape on the surface of Lake Cocibolca near the municipal dock of Morrito in Río San Juan department, went viral on social media.

Local residents interviewed by Nueva Radio YA confirmed that the phenomenon was not a waterspout, but rather a dense cloud of insects known as “chayules,” flying towards the shores of Morrito after originating from the southern shore of Lake Cocibolca.

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This annual phenomenon is witnessed by the people of Río San Juan, occurring either at the end of May or the beginning of June.

The locals mentioned that most, if not all, of the chayules died before reaching the shore, falling into the waters of Lake Cocibolca and becoming a food source for fish.

In the past, chayul infestations have caused harm to aquatic animals due to the lack of oxygen circulation caused by the larvae of these insects. 

Because of this, relevant authorities have been monitoring the situation.

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