A Plague Of “Billions” Of Locusts Threatens To Create A Horrific End Times Famine All Over Africa by Michael Snyder for The Economic Collapse Blog
Billions of locusts are eating everything in sight in east Africa right now, and every single day many more farms are being completely wiped out. Unfortunately, authorities are telling us that what we have seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, if extreme measures are not implemented immediately, authorities are claiming that this locust plague could literally get “500 times” worse in a few months. But it is difficult to imagine conditions getting any worse than they are at this moment. Ravenous locust swarms that are “the size of cities”are consuming crops at a staggering pace, and this could potentially cause famine on the African continent that is unlike anything we have ever seen before.
It can be difficult to imagine a plague of “billions” of locusts. After all, there are only about 7 billion people living on the entire planet.
But this is actually happening. Right now “billions of locusts”are absolutely devastating east Africa, and each one can eat “its own weight in food every day”…
Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa could prove disastrous for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts have warned, amid increasing calls for international help.
Dense clouds of the ravenous insects, each of which consumes its own weight in food every day, have spread from Ethiopiaand Somalia into Kenya, in the region’s worse infestation in decades.
It would be hard to overstate what this is going to mean for the region. According to the FAO, this plague is an “unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa”…
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has described the situation as “extremely alarming,” representing an “unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa.”
We have seen starvation in Africa before. In fact, there was a time when our airwaves were filled with images of starving African children.
But if this plague continues to get even worse, the stage is being set for a famine that is far greater than anything that any of us have ever witnessed.
The density of some of these locust swarms is absolutely crazy. According to officials, a single locust swarm can have “up to 150 million locusts per square kilometer”…
“A typical desert locust swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometer,” the East African regional body, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, has said. “Swarms migrate with the wind and can cover 62 to 93 miles in a day. An average swarm can destroy as much food crops in a day as is sufficient to feed 2,500 people.”
And it is important to note that some of these swarms are many times that size.
In fact, one of the largest swarms in northeastern Kenya was measures to be “60 kilometers long by 40 kilometers wide”.
In other words, that swarm was far larger than any major city on the entire planet.
Spraying these locusts only has limited effectiveness, but it is one of the only things that can be done at this point.
Unfortunately, Kenya only has four planes currently flying, and the same goes for Ethiopia.
The UN is going to step in with 10 million dollars of additional funding, but that won’t really go too far…