East Africa is suffering from a locust plague, UN is calling for international aid, ABC News

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 11th February 2020

Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are suffering from a swarm of hundreds of millions of locusts. The swarm has been described as “almost of biblical proportions” according to an ABC News reporter.

It has been feasting on East Africa’s food bowl which triggered a call for international aid by the United Nations. This outbreak has been the worst in almost 70 years, according to locals.

The UN Food and Agriculturual Organisation (FAO) is warning about the size and destructive potential of the swarm. It could leave millions of people without food, as an expert estimates that ‘even a small locust swarm can consume more food than 35,000 people in one day. The UN continues to warn that the swarm may spread to the Middle East, and to South Asia.

To read the ABC News article, click here.