Locusts swarm into South Sudan as plague spreads
By Denis Dumo
Swarms of locusts ravaging crops and grazing land across east Africa have reached South Sudan, already reeling from widespread hunger and years of civil war, the country’s agriculture minister said on Tuesday.
Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti are battling the worst locust outbreak in decades, and swarms have also spread into Tanzania, Uganda and now South Sudan.
The invasion is worsening food shortages in a region where up to 25 million people are suffering from three consecutive years of droughts and floods.
Oil-rich South Sudan is recovering from five years of civil war that plunged parts of the country into famine in 2017 and forced a quarter of the population to flee their homes. In December, the U.N.’s World Food Programme said the food security outlook was dire after floods affected nearly a million people.