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“National emergency” announced following locust invasion in Somalia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Somali authorities have declared a national emergency, the first country in the region to mobilize at the national level to fight the hungry swarms of locusts. Their appearance is explained by extreme climatic variations, say experts.

The locust plague sweeping across the Horn of Africa has been declared a “national emergency” in Somalia, where these insects are devastating food supplies in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the world, announced on Sunday Somali Ministry of Agriculture.

“The Ministry of Agriculture … declares a national emergency due to the current upsurge of locusts, which constitute a major threat to the fragile food security situation in Somalia,” he said in a statement.

Somalia is the first country in the region to mobilize at the national level to combat the swarms of hungry locusts, the appearance of which, according to experts, is linked to extreme climatic variations.

Drought and floods

Locust swarms of historic magnitude, totaling several billion insects, have been devastating large areas of East Africa for several weeks, following extreme climatic variations which could prove catastrophic for an already stricken region. by drought and floods.

“Food sources for people and their livestock are threatened,” added the Somali Ministry of Agriculture, while swarms of locusts are exceptionally large and consume huge amounts of crops and fodder.

The Somali government said it had made the decision to focus efforts and raise funds, as it is essential to try to contain the locust swarms before the harvest is scheduled for April.

Thick clouds of hungry crickets spread from Ethiopia and Somalia to Kenya, where the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated in late January that only one of these swarms covered an area of ​​2,400 km2, the size of Luxembourg.

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