Articles tagged "locust plague"

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Locust plague spreads to Europe as Sardinia sees worst attack in 70 years, Italy

After ravaging countries in Africa, the Middle East, and India, swarms of locust have now made their way to Europe as the Italian region of Sardinia recently saw its worst attack in 70 years. Around 30 000 ha (74 000 acres) of crops have been affected in Nuoro City...

July 22, 2020

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25 million people may go hungry as locust plague continues in East Africa, Middle East and India

Massive swarms of locust continue to devastate huge swaths of East Africa, the Middle East, and India since January, threatening food supplies for millions. In a worst-case scenario, 5 million more people may go hungry due to the outbreak -- that's on top of the...

June 25, 2020

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Locust swarms spreading to summer breeding areas of southwest Asia and West Africa

The unprecedented threat of desert locust to food security and livelihoods continues in the Horn of Africa and it is also very likely to spread to southwest Asia and perhaps West Africa, according to a situation update by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization...

June 05, 2020

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Iran faces worst locust plague in 50 years, recent attacks unprecedented

Iran is under its worst desert locust outbreak in the past 50 years and for the second year in a row. Compared with last year, the swarms of desert locusts are much larger, and it is safe to claim that the recent attacks are unprecedented, officials said. According...

May 29, 2020

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India under worst locust attack in nearly 30 years

Massive swarms of locusts are wreaking havoc across western and central India, already destroying almost 50 000 ha (124 000 acres) of cropland. The outbreak has affected Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and has also begun impacting Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district on...

May 28, 2020

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Second and unprecedented wave of locust invasion expected to hit Pakistan

Another unprecedented wave of locust plague is expected to hit Pakistan by the end of May 2020, posing threats of food security crisis and livelihood losses. The invasion will start from the southwestern province of Balochistan, passing through the cropping area of...

May 08, 2020

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Severe floods, worst locust invasion in 50 years continue devastating Iran

Major flooding continued in parts of Iran this week, with at least 19 provinces badly affected since late February. Inundations have caused damages worth hundreds of millions of dollars. More buildings sustained damages, both in rural and urban areas, and four...

April 01, 2020

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Desert locust outbreak remains extremely alarming, new swarms continue forming and invading Africa and Middle East

Desert locust plague situation remains extremely alarming as new swarms continue forming and invading parts of Africa and the Middle East. The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the outbreak poses an unprecedented threat to food...

March 19, 2020

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Massive swarms of locusts invade Saudi Arabia

Vast swarms of locusts are invading agricultural areas across Saudi Arabia after countries in the Horn of Africa struggled with the biggest outbreak in decades. The swarm was confirmed to be from East Africa, according to Mohamad Al-Shammrani, director of combating...

February 22, 2020

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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