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UN Warns Of Famine Caused By Locusts Swarms In Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania And Somalia

Newsweek: Locust Swarms as Big as Cities are Causing a Crisis in Africa as Experts Warn They Could Get 400 Times Bigger

Parts of Africa are currently facing the worst locust swarms in more than a generation, with swarms the size of cities sweeping across countries including Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. The largest swarm recorded so far has been 37 miles long and 25 miles wide.

Earlier this week, the United Nations issued a statement saying it is the most severe infestation Kenya has seen in 70 years.

Desert locusts are one of the oldest and most destructive pests on the planet, traveling up to 93 miles and eating the equivalent of their own weight in fresh food every day.

These insects can form incredibly dense swarms, each containing between 40 to 80 million individual locusts per square kilometer, or 0.4 square miles. A 40 million insect swarm can consume the same amount as 35,000 people, consuming almost all the green vegetation they pass.

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More News On UN Warnings Of Famine In Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania And Somalia

Locusts threaten to rob millions in already-vulnerable East Africa of food -- CBS/AP
Locust swarm: UN warns of famine in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia -- BBC
Huge swarm of locusts causes devastation in east Africa – as Jamal Osman reports from Kenya -- Channel 4 News
UN warns of humanitarian disaster if locust swarms aren't stopped -- Euronews

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