Thursday 30 January 2020

Locust Plague Update" Devastation is unsurmountable." The unprecedented plagues of locusts sweeping across East Africa to grow 500 times bigger by June: One swarm contains billions of locusts

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  • According to the Daily Mail, One swarm is estimated to contain billions of locusts and is big enough to cover Greater London.
  • "The scale of devastation is unsurmountable."
  • To put it in perspective, a large desert locust plague can contain up to 150 million individuals per square kilometre.  
  • Collectively, the insects can destroy at least 200 tonnes of vegetation per day.

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Oxfam is preparing for a potential response as swarms of locusts sweep across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia and is likely to grow 500 times bigger by June to neighbouring Uganda and South Sudan. The plagues are hitting the East African region where food insecurity has already reached record levels following unprecedented droughts and in some areas flash floods and millions more are at risk to go hungry unless these swarms are immediately controlled, warned Oxfam today.
Lydia Zigomo, the Regional Director of Oxfam in Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) said: “Currently, 25.5 million people in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda are already suffering from hunger and severe malnutrition. These infestations of hundreds of millions of locusts need to be quickly contained before the next main cropping season of March to July.”
The scale of devastation is unsurmountable. To put it in perspective, a large desert locust plague can contain up to 150 million individuals per square kilometre. One million locusts weighing approximately two tonnes could eat as much food in one day as about 20 elephants, 50 camels or 5000 people. Collectively, the insects can destroy at least 200 tonnes of vegetation per day.
Oxfam and partners are on the ground monitoring the humanitarian situation. "We have plans to provide cash support to people most-in-need, particularly small farmers and pastoralists, so they are able to buy food and fodder for their livestock,”
Lydia Zigomo, Oxfam Regional Director in Horn East and Central Africa
“Ethiopia has already been suffering from continuous droughts since 2015 and more recently hit by floods which destroyed people's harvest. This locust infestation, which was partly fueled by recent cyclone hitting the country last December, has now eaten hundreds of square kilometres of vegetation in the Amhara and Tigray regions,” Zigomo added.
In Kenya, the locust swarms have increased spread over the past month across 13 counties including Isiolo, Samburu, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Marsabit, Laikipia, Mandera, Kitui, Baringo, Meru, Embu, and Turkana, and have destroyed food crops and pasture for livestock. These same counties have already experienced devastating droughts and floods in recent years pushing over 3 million people to extreme levels of hunger.  These swarms will likely devastate the upcoming planting season. 
 In Somalia, tens of thousands of hectares of land have been affected in Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug (Mudug), as mature swarms hit the Garbahare area near the Kenyan border. Locusts are also reported to be travelling south to Somalia’s Gedo region leaving a trail of destroyed farms. Operations are underway in the northeast (Puntland) to control the swarms that continue to move towards the central and southern areas, but the lack of security in some of these parts is hampering efforts to survey and control the infestations. Oxfam

Desert locusts are eating their way across large parts of East Africa in a swarm of enormous proportions. It is the worst locust outbreak in some countries there have seen in 70 years. Researchers say they pose an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries. Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are the worst affected, and Uganda is bracing for an invasion too. Authorities have advised citizens to stock up on food as the insects approach the border with Kenya.

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Unknown said...

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Anonymous said...

Capture as many as possible, pull the legs off, and use them for food. They are considered "clean" and John the Baptist ate them.

Unknown said...

I heard that those desert locusts are a delicacy and goes good w/ either armadillo soup or fried bat wings.