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Locusts Descend on Northern Ethiopia

Ethiopian officials say swarms of desert locusts have invaded northern Ethiopia, threatening crops and agriculture.

The officials say they are most concerned the locusts may lay eggs, leading to a massive invasion in the future.

The government says it has begun aerial surveillance of the swarms.

The flying insects can eat their weight in crops daily, devastating thousands of hectares of farmland used by both humans and livestock.

Last week, the United Nations Food and Agriculture agency warned that desert locusts were threatening Sudan and Eritrea.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.