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Monday, March 30, 2020

2020 Plague of Locusts Unseen for Over 30 Years Descend Upon Africa and the Middle East [VIDEO]

In the Horn of Africa, the worst affected area by the locust infestation, there is an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods as swarms increase in Ethiopia and Somalia and continue to move south to Kenya where they have spread to 14 counties, just kilometers away from Uganda and South Sudan. Somalia is the first country in the region to declare a state of emergency over the infestation. As of now, the upsurge is contained to three countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. This is the worst locust situation Somalia and Ethiopia have seen in 25 years. Last time Kenya was affected with an infestation at this scale was 70 years ago.

LOCATIONS: Samburu County and Mwingi, Kitui County/Kenya
DATE: 21ST to 24 January 2020
1. Aerial shot of a desert locust swarm in Mwingi.
2. Lady walking in the middle of a swarm in Samburu.
3. Close-up of desert locusts feeding in a farm in Mwingi.
4. Wide shot of desert locusts feeding in a farm in Mwingi.
5. Wide slow-mo of desert locusts pairing and mating in Samburu.
6. Close-up of desert locusts feeding in a farm in Mwingi.
7. Aerial shot of a desert locust swarm in Mwingi.
8. Desert locust swarm moving over a farm in Mwingi.
9. Woman walking while look at a desert locust swarm in Samburu.
10. Desert locust swarm in a village in Ethiopia.
11. Aerial shot of a desert locust swarm in Mwingi.
12. Close-up of desert locusts mating in Samburu.
13. Close-up of desert locusts mating in Samburu.
14. Close-up of desert locust attempting to lay eggs in Samburu.
15. Surveillance plane flying past a swarm of desert locusts in Samburu.
16. Wide shot of a swarm of desert locusts in Samburu.
17. Wide shot of desert locusts flying into a farm in Mwingi.
18. Aerial spraying of pesticides in Samburu county.
19. Ground spraying vehicle in operation in Samburu county.
20. A tree infested by a swarm of desert locusts in Mwingi.
21. Ndunda Makanga, a farmer walking through the farm looking for desert locusts in Mwingi.
22. FAO officials assessing the desert locust infestation in Samburu.
23. Locals in Samburu walking through an infested animal grazing site.
Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia, 13 -14 November 2019
1. Various shots of Desert locust swarms flying
Location: 5th February 2020/Garowe, Somalia
2. Hopper bands in Garowe, Somalia.
3. Various shots of hopper bands among bushes.
4. Hopper bands jumping through the stones
5. Close-up of a hopper on a stone.
6. Various shots of hoppers on the branches of a tree.
7. Close-up of hoppers eating tree leaves.
8. Close-up of a hopper on a branch.

LOCATIONS: Jijiga, eastern Ethiopia/Rome,Italy
DATE: 13 November 2019/ 14 November 2019

1. Close-up of locust swarms
2. Wide-shot of locust swarm
3. Wide-shot of locust swarms passing through a field. Two men are standing nearby.
4. A group of people surrounded by a locust swarm
5. Wide-shot of locust swarms
6. Wide-shot of locust swarms flying over a field.

A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame.
Human activity has made an ocean circulation pattern misbehave—triggering a weird confluence of events that has caused the infestations.

Like a biblical plague, locusts swarm East Africa, laying waste to crops and livelihoods

Desert Locust situation update 
New swarms continue forming in Horn of Africa

The situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, specifically Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form, representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.

ETHIOPIA. Hopper bands are present in Oromiya and SNNPR regions, including the Rift Valley. A new generation of immature swarms are forming and maturing. Aerial and ground control operations continue.

SOUTH SUDAN. Several mature swarms from the south appeared in the southeast near Torit on 18-19 March; at least one moved to Juba on the 21st, continuing to Bor on the 23rd and flew towards southwest Ethiopia.

IRAN. Hatching started on western Hormozgan coast in past few days. More hatching expected in southern Khuzestan, Busherh, southern Fars. Late instar hopper bands forming near Jask.

The situation is under control in the following countries:

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