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FAO Announces that New Locust Swarms Could Invade Somalia from Ethiopia

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that a new swarm of locusts from Ethiopia could invade Somalia soon.

FAO issued a press statement on September 23 stating that it noted the formation of new swarms in Mille and Awash rivers in northeastern Ethiopia.

Moreover, the global organization intimated that Somalia already has a few remnant swarms of the ravenous locusts in the northwest and northeast sides of the country.

With below-average rainfall expected in October and November, FAO expects the rain to be enough to support the growth and maturity of the locusts.

Nevertheless, FAO announced that prevention and control measures might not bear much fruit.

It blamed this on the No Fly Zone policies in the region that prohibit various stakeholders from flying their aircraft to undertake survey and control measures.