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Africa: then came the locusts.

Africa: Then came the locusts

After being plagued by a 20-year parching drought(SN:5/4/85,p.282), Africa got some temporary relief this year. But the rains that came also made conditions ripe for a return of the Senegalese grasshopper; by March its swarms were reaching plague proportions. With help from the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization, the grasshoppers were recently brought under control. Then came the locusts. For the first time in 50 years, all four of Africa's main locust pests are swarming at once, attacking crops down the entire length of the continent.
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