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Swarms of locusts expected to plague Africa and Middle East, UN group says

It represent 'an unprecedented threat to food security' as they breed and form new swarms in the Horn of Africa

Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash
Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

A plague of locusts considered “extremely alarming” is headed toward Africa and the Middle East but is likely to bypass Israel.

The locusts are breeding and forming new swarms in the Horn of Africa, The Times of Israel reported, citing Locust Watch, part of the Food and Agriculture organisation at the United Nations.

The swarms represent “an unprecedented threat to food security,” according to the Locust Watch website.

Among the countries expected to be the hardest hit are Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iran, Pakistan and Sudan, according to the report.

Coronavirus restrictions on travel may prevent proper, timely treatment against the pests.

The last such serious infestation in the region was a plague in 1987 to 1989.

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