İrem GÖL -TDO- A second wave of desert locusts is threatening east Africa with estimates that it will be 20 times worse than the plague that descended two months ago. The locusts present “an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat” to food security and livelihoods, according to UN. A swarm of just more than a third of a square mile can eat the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people. The second invasion from breeding grounds in Somalia includes more young adults which are especially voracious eaters.
In its latest locust watch update, the UN said the situation was “extremely alarming” as an increasing number of new swarms form in north and central Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Uganda reported two swarms arriving last week from neighbouring Kenya, further destabilising food security and the livelihoods of people in the east and north of the country. The insects follow spring rains, seeking emerging crops and other vegetation.