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Locusts decimate crops in East Africa


City-sized swarms of locusts are unleashing chaos as they destroy hundreds of thousands of acres of crops in East Africa. Experts believe prolonged and exceptionally wet weather has caused hundreds of billions of desert locusts to thrive.


These insects, which can travel up to 150 km per day, are considered to be the most destruc- tive migratory pest in the world. A swarm covering 1 square kilometre can contain up to 80 million insects. Soon the locusts will form the next generation and this will coincide with the planting season, which will severely affect harvests.


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