One of the most destructive plagues is to frightening Africa. It is unleashing chaos until declaring it as a maximum alert.
Millions of lobsters are invading all the harvest fields of the continent affecting the safety of residents.
A biblical plague whips them
The authorities of the most affected countries like Zambia, call it the worst outbreak of this plague in decades because they cover all the free space.
This outbreak is being compared to the one that struck Egypt in the time of Moses, “Now the LORD had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely” Exodus 11: 1.
“Today, locust swarms are as big as major cities and this gets worse every day,” said Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations.
“I ask the international community to respond quickly and generously to give an effective response to control the infestation while we still have the opportunity,” he added.
I could reach an uncontrollable issue for June
Experts in the field say that swarms can contain 150 million lobsters, reaching 250 football fields.
“That swarm in one day can eat the same amount of food as the entire population of Kenya,” said Keith Cressman of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (FAO).
People are desperate. They hit pots for them to leave. Many others cover with thick blankets, but they cannot do anything to protect their crops.
The UN seeks help from other countries
“We know that in Ethiopia there are about 420 square kilometers that have been affected so far. The damage is very significant, ”said Rosanne Marchesich, leader of the United Nations emergency response team.
According to the UN, the lobsters would reproduce up to 500 times since this month until June, “I see a great catastrophe ahead and a great concern for food security if we do not address this problem immediately,” said a farmer from Kenya.