Anxiety in East Africa as First Generation Locusts Hatch in Kenya

Officials have said the hopper bands could form swarms close to 100 times larger than the wave that descended in the region from neighbouring Somalia and Ethiopia. A newly hatched generation of desert locusts is about 100 times more than the parent numbers, and could rise to an eye-watering 500% multiplication by April if uncontrolled.

Some of the desert locusts which have invaded Gurar in Wajir North (file photo).

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