UN warns of alarming and unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the region
A second wave of desert locusts is threatening east Africa with estimates that it will be 20 times worse then the plague that descended two months ago.
The locusts present an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods, according to the 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.
This 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.