There are billions of locusts hitting an East African region divided between Ethiopia and Somalia, according to an AFP statement. This region, already battered by events such as droughts and floods, could therefore see its crops damaged in what is already one of the worst insect infestations in the region in recent decades.
The largest swarm has already been identified, as revealed by the UN organization in Kenya. It is a huge swarm, covering 2400 square kilometers (more than half of Molise). According to experts, this swarm alone contains 200 billion locusts, an animal known as a large food devourer (each specimen can consume an amount equal to its own weight every day).
According to the FAO, at the moment it is still a limited swarm. This means that if no action is taken, the swarm could still grow 500 times over by June. Insects could also spread to Uganda and South Sudan, becoming a scourge of historic proportions and destroying cultivated fields in several regions, as well as creating problems for grazing in one of the world’s poorest regions.
2019 was a terrible year for East Africa. The local people had to endure severe droughts that ended with one of the rainiest periods for several decades, rain that led to floods and floods that killed hundreds of people.