When will 2020 just stop? It's a genuine question because at this point, it honestly feels personal. The entire year has been a sh*t show, starting off with the wildfires in Australia and of course the threat of World War 3. And, we've been under lockdown for months now because of a freaking pandemic and we don't know when things will go back to how they were. Probably never.
And as if we needed anything else, the year is an unending thread of new horrors and the new thing of the week is locusts. A huge infestation has started expanding through various countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
Countries like Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are facing the worst locust infestation in years and there's a similar scene in Yemen, Iran, Pakistan and India.
The short-horned grasshoppers have already devoured all the crops in some places and the swarms of insects are travelling far in search of food. Reportedly, the insects crossed into Rajasthan from Pakistan and have reached Bundi, Sikar, Pratapgarh and Chittorgarh districts.
There's a similar thing happening in Madhya Pradesh as the swarms have reached over 10 districts.
The videos of the entire ordeal are terrifying, to say the least.
Footage of a recent locust storm in southern #Iran
Eight provinces ranging from southwest to southeast and eastern Iran are reporting locus storms. Locals say authorities are not taking any actions to help those in need, especially farmers who are losing their harvests. pic.twitter.com/NUxqX5uQ2z
Multan under locust attack. pic.twitter.com/KdNpUKBvkXâ Kasim Gilani (@KasimGillani) May 18, 2020
It's basically kicking someone when they're already down.
So many people lost so much with the arrival of covid. I pray that God restores 20 fold what the locust has eaten.â Tweety Bird (@PurpletweetyB) May 18, 2020
Recent flight movement suggest locust moving towards central and western India. Possible convergence with SW monsoon, ideal for rapid increase in swarm size and numbers.
GOVT must use tech to ID and eliminate locust. https://t.co/PPsSI399so