Somalia Declares a State of Emergency

As a result of the infestation of the country by large swarms of desert locusts, Somalia has now been forced to call for a state of emergency in the fight against the insects.

Somalia Declares a State of Emergency

In a statement by the Somalia Ministry of Agriculture, the locusts which are consuming large amounts of vegetation are now posing a major threat to the country's food security.

The country now fears the situation may not be brought under control before the harvesting period begins in April.

According to a report by the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, the locust swarms are the largest in Somalia and Ethiopia in the last 25 Years.

However, neighboring Kenya has not experienced a locust threat as severe in the last 70 years; this is according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Somalia now becomes the first country in the region to declare a state of emergency over an infestation.