In the bible, locusts signify mass destruction. They devour everything in their path, killing crops and in Revelations, they were ordered to “torment” man.
The worst infestation of locusts since the 1950’s has descended upon Madagascar. BBC News Africa reports that the flying menaces threaten the food supply of the already impoverished nation of 22 million that inhabit the small Indian Ocean island. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is giving a bleak forecast for the nation.
“Nearly 60% of the island’s more than 22m people could be threatened by a significant worsening of hunger in a country that already had extremely high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition.”
The FAO reported that the cyclone the island experienced in February left “optimal” conditions for the locusts to breed and/or flourish.
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