"Unprecedented threat": New locust swarms invading Africa are 20X larger than massive wave earlier this year

by Adam Ford · Apr 18th, 2020 1:58 pm
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Last Updated Apr 18th, 2020 at 4:49 pm

The newest plague of locusts swarming Africa is 20 times larger than the wave that came in January and February — and that wave was the biggest seen in 70 years.

As the continent fights COVID-19, it also fights the swarms of the voracious insects which devour Africans' crops and sicken their livestock.

Single swarms can be as large as Manhattan and can consume as much food in one day as the entire populations of New York and California combined.

"This represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods," FAO officials wrote in a brief last week, adding, ominously, "Widespread rains that fell in late March are expected to cause a dramatic increase in locust numbers in East Africa, eastern Yemen and southern Iran in the coming months" — meaning officials expect the situation to get much worse.


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