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Somalia declares locusts national emergency

Christian Fernsby |
Somalia today declared a locust infestation to be a national emergency, as insects devastate food supplies in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions in the world.

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"The Ministry of Agriculture... has declared a national emergency in view of the current desert locust upsurge, that poses a major threat to Somalia's fragile food security situation," the ministry statement read.

Experts say the locust swarms are the result of extreme weather swings, and Somalia's declaration the first country in the region to do so is aimed at boosting national efforts in tackling the hungry insects.

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