Articles tagged "locust plague"

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Pakistan declares national emergency over worst locust infestation in 27 years

The government of Pakistan declared a national emergency on Saturday, February 1, 2020, as the nation faces its worst locust plague in 27 years. The insects have been devastating crops on a large scale in Punjab province, the country's main region for...

February 04, 2020

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Locust outbreak approaches full blown crisis in East Africa

East Africa is reeling from the worst invasion of locusts as the outbreak is nearing a full-blown crisis, sparking alarm among international officials. In attempts to take measures, Somalia has declared a national emergency; Kenya deployed planes spraying...

February 04, 2020

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Kenya suffers worst locust invasion in 70 years, FAO warns infestation may worsen

After having ravaged crops across Ethiopia and Somalia, swarms of locust reached Kenya in their worst infestation in 70 years. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, that the invasions may worsen if the aerial and ground...

January 30, 2020

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Extreme desert locust outbreak threatens food security across East Africa

The most serious locust outbreak in decades is spreading across East Africa after recent massive floods, posing a threat to food security in some of the world's vulnerable countries. In India, Iran and Pakistan numerous Desert Locust swarms have been present...

January 20, 2020

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Worst locust plague in 60 years, roughly 360 000 ha (890 000 acres) of crops damaged in Rajasthan

At least 360 000 ha (890 000 acres) of crops have been affected in Rajasthan's 10 districts in the midst of the state's worst locust infestation in 60 years. The plague has been severe in Sriganganagar, with 75% of standing crops being damaged, as of January...

January 18, 2020

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Iran facing worst locust outbreak in 40 years

A severe locust outbreak, possibly the worst in the past 40 years, is threatening crops and food security in large areas of the coastal province of Hormozgan, Iran. Several swarms of locust spread out to parts of Iran over the last 10 weeks and penetrated 200 km...

April 25, 2019

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The great North American locust plague

Locusts are grasshoppers with some rather unique abilities. Overcrowding triggers their instinct to literally transform themselves.They change their color from green to brown, get more muscular, eat more, mate more and congregate in crowds. After their

July 11, 2013

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Locust plague ravages NW China

Large swarms of locusts have laid waste to vast tracts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with authorities expecting the plague to worsen as the weather heats up. The locust plague began in the pastureland of the Ili River Valley and Taer Basin in

May 26, 2011