“This devastating locust outbreak is starting to destroy vegetation across East Africa with alarming speed and ferocity,” Lowcock said in a statement.
“If left unchecked, this outbreak has the potential to spill over into more countries in East Africa with horrendous consequences,” he continued.
They reproduce rapidly and, if left unchecked, their current numbers could grow 500 times by June.
As well as the Horn of Africa, the locusts could potentially wreak havoc in parts of Southwest Asia and the Red Sea, with reports of large desert locust swarms breeding in India, Iran, and Pakistan since June ofg last year.
An uptick in breeding activity in countries such as Egypt, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen also increases the risk of a large-scale outbreak.
More than $10M has been released from @UNCERF in response to the devastating desert locust outbreak in East Africa.
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