Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Y●u)
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The locust outbreak is the worst in 70 years in Ke●nya, and the worst in 25 years in Somalia and Ethiopia, where the i●nsects bred before spreading to Kenya and other countries.
a favorable environment for locusts to breed and thrive, including ●properly moist soils for them to lay eggs in millions before migrat●ion and the consequent lushv
vegetation to eat, according to the FAO●.
Climate change was to blame for the unusually plentiful rainfall ●on the African continent. Keith Cressman, the FAO's ser
nior locust f●orecasting officer, further identified the recent cyclones as anoth●er factor behind the locust crisis, saying the past 10 years saw in●creased freq2
uency of cyclones in the Indian Ocean.
A swarm of dese●rt locusts invade parts of Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Kenya, Feb.● 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)