New Locusts Bulk up in Somalia as the Country Braces for another Plague


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia is bracing for the second outbreak of desert locusts, with millions of the destructive insects already hatched, threatening food supplies in a region that is currently reeling from the devastation of previous wave and the coronavirus pandemic.

Experts believe the migratory pests, spurred by favorable weather conditions will soon take to the skies despite concerted use of pesticides, after descending on parts of central Somalia.

Local officials in the town of Adado have told local media on Sunday that nearby rural areas saw insects bulking up, devastating crops and pasture, raising fear they may cross to other parts of the region and the country as a whole.

The new invasion comes several months after first wave terrorized farmers in a region where millions of people struggle for food as new-season crops are being planted in Somalia’s south.

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