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Extreme storms provide breeding grounds for crop-eating locusts

  • March 01, 2020 3:25 PM
    Message # 8785396
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the weekend edition of today's Wall Street Journal, reporter Nicholas Bariyo described the "worst plague of locusts [in East Africa] in generations." Rainy conditions and cyclones within the last couple of years created optimal breeding conditions for the desert locusts.  Recently, swarms of locusts the size of Manhattan hit regions in Somalia and caused devastation by eating through crops.  Also affected are Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.  There is concern that the locust outbreak may impact over 20 million people, with estimates on the rise because of "a lethal combination of drought, flooding and insurgency."  In war torn regions, aerial spraying is impossible because planes might be shot down.  Food shortages abound.

    Read on at Bariyo, N. (Saturday/Sunday, February 29, 2020).  Swarms of locusts threaten East Africa, The Wall Street Journal, p. A10.

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