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Locusts invade the Horn of Africa. At risk agriculture and air traffic
Tens of thousands of hectares of arable land have been destroyed by the desert locust invasion, the most bad of the last 25 years. The situation is much more serious than the United Nations Organization for food and agriculture (Fao) had previously anticipated, aggravated by unseasonal rain and floods in the whole of east Africa that have killed hundreds of people in recent months. Also in this case, the managers are the rapid climatic changes in the region. According to the Fao there may be at least 40 million locusts, as sometimes the number is doubled, in each square kilometre of swarm.

last week, the locusts have arrived in Kenya, where you are spreading in the North-East (county of Will) in the South, Wajir and Garissa, and to the West, along the ethiopian border. One of the swarms was 60 km long and wide 40. A true army that is unstoppable and destructive. Some swarms could reach the North-East of Uganda, and the South-East of the Sudan. The locusts are a threat serious to the food security and livelihoods. As confirmed by the Fao, the plague of locusts has destroyed already 175 thousand acres of land, only in Somalia. An average swarm can destroy crops able to feed 2,500 people for a year.

also a risk To air traffic throughout the region. A few days ago, a passenger plane of the Ethiopian Airlines was forced to abort the landing at dire Daua, a town in Eastern Ethiopia, after hitting a swarm of locusts. According to some web sites that specialize in aviation, the Boeing 737-700 was forced to deviate towards the capital city of Addis Ababa, about 30 minutes away. The website Aeronews reported that the insects were locusts, by posting on his page Facebook, a photo of the front of the aircraft-stained dead insects.
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