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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 11:46 AM

Second wave of locusts in east Africa said to be 20 times worse

Mon 13 Apr 2020 16.28 BST

UN warns of ‘alarming and unprecedented threat’ to food security and livelihoods in the region

A second wave of desert locusts is threatening east Africa with estimates that it will be 20 times worse then the plague that descended two months ago.

The locusts present “an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat” to food security and livelihoods, according to the UN. A swarm of just more than a third of a square mile can eat the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people.

This second invasion from breeding grounds in Somalia includes more young adults which are especially voracious eaters.

In its latest locust watch update, the UN said the situation was “extremely alarming” as an increasing number of new swarms form in north and central Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

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https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/apr/13/second-wave-of-locusts-in-east-africa-said-to-be-20-times-worse

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inanna Apr 2020 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2020 #1
inanna Apr 2020 #3
3Hotdogs Apr 2020 #4
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2020 #5
saidsimplesimon Apr 2020 #2
Mickju Apr 2020 #6

Response to inanna (Original post)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 11:54 AM

1. Everything at once. It's beginning to look downright Biblical.

Plague, locusts, a radioactive forest fire at Chernobyl, Krakatoa erupting, tornadoes in Mississippi, Trump, WTF else is there?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 11:56 AM

3. The economy down the drain. Can't forget that one!

I know. These are very trying and surreal times.

Hope you (and yours) are faring okay?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 12:36 PM

4. You forgot to add, Trump.

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 01:44 PM

5. I did mention Trump but maybe I should have listed him first.

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Response to inanna (Original post)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 11:56 AM

2. "extremely alarming"

Susan Collins is "concerned".

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Response to inanna (Original post)

Mon Apr 13, 2020, 04:15 PM

6. This is cataclysmic.

Just unbelievably horrible!

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