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‘Uncommonly Large’ Locusts Numbering in Billions, Threaten Eastern Africa

Sudan, Djibouti, and Eritrea were also affected after billions of locusts flew in from Somalia and Ethiopia following devastating rains that destroyed crops and created a hunger crisis for millions. “So far we have decimated around five swarms in Samburu and Isiolo (counties) but we keep on receiving more swarms every week, and that is a lot in terms of the ecosystem,” said Salat Tutana, chief of agriculture in Isiolo county, Kenya. "They are destroying the environment."

A swarm locust of biblical proportions has swept into Kenya and other parts of Africa, as the UN says that $76 million will be needed to combat the plague, which experts say could grow by five hundred times by June if not contained.

Sudan, Djibouti, and Eritrea were also affected after billions of locusts flew in from Somalia and Ethiopia following devastating rains that destroyed crops and created a hunger crisis for millions.

“So far we have decimated around five swarms in Samburu and Isiolo (counties) but we keep on receiving more swarms every week, and that is a lot in terms of the ecosystem,” said Salat Tutana, chief of agriculture in Isiolo county, Kenya. “They are destroying the environment.”

Kenya is one of Africa’s majority Christian nations at 85% of the population, but believers have recently been harassed by the Al-Shabab Islamic militant group from neighbouring Somalia, which has crossed the border and killed hundreds of Kenyan Christians.

This great mystery of such sudden and high influx of locusts into East Africa has been directly linked by some Kenyans to one of the ten plagues brought upon the Egyptians in the Book of Exodus, referencing Exodus 10:1-16 in particular, which narrates the plague of locusts.

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