East Africa’s locust outbreak has now spread to Congo

Locust swarms invade Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan and now Congo, as governments try to contain the worse locust outbreak in East Africa in 70 years. The insects destroy crops and devastate pasture for animals, in an area already vulnerable to hunger.

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February 25, 2020 - 10:14 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization says a small group of desert locusts has entered Congo, marking the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944. 

The agency says the mature locusts, carried in part by the wind, arrived on the western shore of Lake Albert on Friday near the town of Bunia. 

The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years also recently reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war. 

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