US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — As early as January, locusts attacked many countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: huge flocks then devastated the fields, which were the only source of food. It is known that the situation has not changed to this day: insatiable locusts continue to devastate crops.
Apparently, in the near future, the locust is not going to leave. Millions of lives are already in danger of starvation. In Kenya, for example, the invasion was the largest in 70 years, and in India and Ethiopia in the last 25 years. Experts note that the reason lies in warmer weather: for locusts, high temperatures and frequent rains are ideal living conditions.
Changes in the weather and lack of locust control due to military conflict or lack of financial resources have led to locust swarms increasing each month. If nothing is done, millions of people will starve in 23 countries by the end of the year. The worst predictions are about five million victims. They will add to those 20 million who no longer have constant access to food.
Desert locusts are found in thirty countries of the world. It is the most dangerous among all other species. This locust is capable of absorbing food equivalent to its weight daily. The life span of each individual is up to five months. Most of this time, it actively reproduces. In history, there are cases when the invasion lasted more than 10 years.
The locust problem is becoming widespread. This is not the complexity of one country: many regions of more than one dozen states are at risk.
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