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East Africa: Worst in 70 years locust invasion hits Uganda

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A locust invasion that has already hit the territory of a number of East Africa countries now threatens to destroy most of the crops in Uganda, government officials said on Sunday. Swarms of locusts have entered the country from Kenya, confirming fears the world community expressed showing concern over the invasion that would continue to spread.

The first reports of the disastrous insects that were spotted in the eastern Amudat district bordering Kenya emerged on Sunday, according to reports quoting the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Moses Kizige.

Tens of thousands of hectares of farmland and crops have already been destroyed by the desert locust swarms in a number of East Africa countries including Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representatives locusts have also been seen in Eritrea, Djibouti, Oman, and Yemen.

The analytics reported this year’s desert locust invasion as the worst Kenya has experienced in 70 years. The current situation is almost life-threatening because a number of countries had food problems even before the locust invasion due to crop failure and severe drought, about 11 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya were experiencing food insecurity, and the swarms will only worsen the situation.

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