Python swallows a woman in a plantation in Indonesia | Indonesia

A woman has been found dead in the stomach of a 7-meter python at a rubber plantation where she worked in Indonesia, according to local reports.

The woman, identified as Jahrah, 54, went to work at the plantation in Jambi province on the island of Sumatra on Sunday morning and her husband reported her missing as she did not return home this that evening.

While searching for her on Sunday evening, her husband discovered her sandals, scarf, jacket and tools she used at work, and called others for help, police told local media. The next morning, a python was spotted nearby.

“When the security team and locals searched around the rubber plantation, we then found a python 7 meters long. It is this snake that is suspected of attacking the victim. After catching it, we found the victim’s body in the snake’s stomach,” local police chief AKP S Harefa told the Detik news site.

Pythons, which kill by constriction, usually eat smaller animals, swallowing their food whole. Cases of humans being swallowed are rare.

In 2018, a woman was found swallowed by a giant python on the island of Muna, off Sulawesi. She had disappeared into her garden, which was at the base of a rocky cliff where snakes were known to live in caves.

A year earlier, a farmer was killed and swallowed by a giant python in the village of Salubiro on the island of Sulawesi.

Many more people are affected by snakebites. Each year, there are about 5.4 million cases of snakebites, of which between 1.8 and 2.7 million result in poisoning, according to the World Health Organization. Children and agricultural workers in the poorest rural communities are most at risk.

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