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The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is swarming across East Africa


Central African Republic

The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, authorities say.

Key points:

  • An increase in locust swarm activity has been reported in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ejibouti, and Eritrea
  • The infestations are a major threat to food security across the entire Horn of Africa, which is already reeling from floods and droughts
  • Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops are estimated to have been destroyed

The “extremely dangerous increase” in locust swarm activity has been reported in Kenya, with one swarm in the country’s northeast measuring 60 kilometres long by 40 kilometres wide.

In a statement, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said a typical desert locust swarm could contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre.

“Swarms migrate with the wind and can cover 100 to 150 kilometres in a day,” the IGAD said.



Photo:

These two Samburu men work for a county disaster team identifying the location of the locusts, pictured in Samburu county, Kenya. (AP: Patrick Ngugi)

“An average swarm can destroy as much food crops in a day as is sufficient to feed 2,500 people.”

Thousands of hectares of crops destroyed

The outbreak of desert locusts, considered the most dangerous locust species, has also affected parts of Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea, and IGAD warned that parts of South Sudan and Uganda could be next.

Breeding is continuing on both sides of the Red Sea, in Sudan and Eritrea and in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.



Photo:

A Samburu man holds a locust on his hand near the village of Sissia. (AP: Patrick Ngugi)

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) warned the outbreak could worsen the region’s poor food security situation, with hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops destroyed.

“These infestations represent a major threat to food security in Kenya and across the entire Horn of Africa, which is already reeling from floods and droughts,” said Bukar Tijani, UNFAO’s Assistant Director General, calling the swarms “vast and unprecedented”.

Already millions of people cope with the constant risk of drought or flooding, as well as deadly unrest in Ethiopia, extremist attacks in Somalia and lingering fighting in South Sudan as it emerges from civil war.

The further increase in locust swarms could last until June as favourable breeding conditions continue, IGAD said, helped along by unusually heavy flooding in parts of the region in recent weeks.



Photo:

Desert locusts cover the ground in Ceel-Gaal village, in the Salal region of Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Somaliland. (UNFAO via AP: Isak Amin)

Major locust outbreaks can be devastating: a major one between 2003 and 2005 cost more than $US500 million ($727 million) to control across 20 countries in northern Africa, the UNFAO has said, with more than $US2.5 billion ($3.6 billion) in harvest losses.

To help prevent and control outbreaks, authorities analyse satellite images, stockpile pesticides and conduct aerial spraying.

Police shoot bullets and teargas at bugs

In Ethiopia, officials said they had deployed four small planes to help fight the invasion.



Photo:

Mohamed Omar, left, from the Ministry of Agriculture, and farmer Abdilahi Bataax, right, in Somaliland. (UNFAO via AP: Isak Amin)

Kenyan media showed police shooting bullets and teargas at an oncoming swarm as residents banged on buckets and hooted car horns to try to frighten the insects.

A farmers’ association in Kenya’s northern Laikipia area said it was planning aerial spraying of pesticides.

“These things are in their millions and will eat all the vegetation here,” said Peter Learpanai, a herdsman in the northern Samburu region who was flapping his jacket at a cloud of the insects that had descended on his grazing land.

“Our animals will not have anything to feed on.

“The government needs to get serious about fighting them.”

AP/Reuters

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Lady Leshurr – 3AM In Brum Lyrics


[Intro]
Yo, me no rap around this year ya know
Look

[Verse 1]
Here comes the “Big baddie” (woo)
Big bars, big talent, you’re invalid
Big bank, big balance, got a big batty (woo, woo)
Flows hot, it’s in Cali and it’s static (yeah)
I don’t need a Big Daddy (haha)
Man, it’s 20-L-teen and I’m back and full of force (yeah)
You don’t wanna go there like there’s acid on the floor
Man you couldn’t get it patterned even if you had it drawn (woo, woo)
Got ’em all stressed out like they’re battling divorce, huh

[Verse 2]
And it’s hard you was at the altar
You thought you’d embark on it for the culture (hah)
You started it likkle rodent
They light as a feather Wingardium Leviosa (woo, woo)
And if you do not want to hear the truth do not war with her (nah)
Think ya bad because you got a tool she turn to carpenter (woo)
Watch me nuh
Knocking down your crew like a domino (yeah)
Do not holla me or follow me
Block me off Twitter, cha

[Pre-Chorus]
They don’t want no drama na (Na)
Mi ah guh send ’em to the corner shop (He-he-he)
Your new ting looks like Aunty Barbara

[Chorus]
Flows are bullets du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (Blow!)
Du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (woo)
Flows are bullets du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (Blow!)
Du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (woo)
Flows are bullets du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (Brrr!)

[Verse 3]
It’ll leave Italy ya body in Venice no Italia
Yeah I got a link to couple G’s in Somalia (yeah)
Talking all these straps oh baby please buy a guitar for ya (yeah)
Go over their heads for man
It will get on top for ya, it’ alot for ya (woo)
I’ll be waiting in the parking lot for ya
Four rings in the whip I will send the car to ya, clarter ya (woo)
Leave ’em leaning like a drunk in mardi gras
I’m too hot for ya, lava ya, then say tarrah ta ya

[Verse 4]
Couple gyal started with me, I’ll finish off for ya (yeah)
I just keep sending them love that’s a heart attack
I will snatch a wig, you’ll catch a fade, I’ll have to barber her
Say it with your chest, I’ll unhook the bra for ya (woo)
Rattatata to ya with ya weak excursion
When there’s trouble you desert, you’s a cheesecake person (yeah)
Now I got ’em shaking in their boots, believe they twerking
You’s a clone of me (woo), you the Btech version, look

[Pre-Chorus]
Nah they don’t want no drama, nuh (Nuh, nuh, nuhh)
Mi ah guh send ’em to the corner shop (Yeah-yeah)
Your new ting looks like Aunty Barbara

[Chorus]
Flows are bullets du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (Blow!)
Du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (woo)
Flows are bullets du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (Blow!)
Du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (woo)
Flows are bullets du-du-du-du-duu, hit up all ah ya (Brrr!)

[Outro]
Hit up all ah ya
Mi ah guh hit up all ah ya
Hit up all ah ya
I’m one in a million like all ah ya