Locusts: The Dreaded Generation

Eastern Africa is dreading the hatching of a new generation of locusts that stands to be 500% larger than the swarms that swept the region earlier this year.
 
Tens of millions of people in the region already face extreme hunger—and the swarms wreak havoc on crops, consuming “the same amount in weight as 35,000 people.”
 
Swarms have already hit Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda, and they may also reach Tanzania and South Sudan.
 
Insecticide spraying teams have been deployed—but on top of ongoing conflicts and difficulty accessing certain areas, insecticide shortages pose a major challenge to the effort.
 
The New Humanitarian

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