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UN Says Yemen Faces Massive Locust Outbreak

The United Nations food agency says Yemen is facing its worst locust outbreak in nearly 15 years.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says widespread locust breeding is spreading across a large area. It says about 50,000 to 70,000 hectares are at risk, including agricultural land in several areas.

The FAO says an intensive survey and aerial control campaign using helicopters needs to be mounted, to avoid massive locust infestation and serious damage to food crops.

The government of Yemen says it is activating a committee that will focus on controlling the outbreak.

Locusts are migratory grasshoppers that travel in vast swarms and are able to breed quickly. They can cause great damage to crops in areas where they swarm.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.