Video: Locusts battle desert winds as Gulf region try to combat ‘insect plague’
Social media users across Saudi Arabia have been sharing a video showing swarms of locusts in group formations as they attempt to battle desert winds, as authorities across the Gulf region attempt to ward off what many are calling a “locust invasion.”
The exact location of where the video was shot could not be independently verified, but recent videos showed billions of dead locusts covering farms in areas like the Marat district of Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.
Desert locusts – whose destructive infestations cause major crop damage – are a species of grasshopper that live largely solitary lives until a combination of conditions promotes breeding and leads them to form massive swarms.
Since last February, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have been seeing swarms of the desert locust attack cities.
A farm in the Marat district of Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh has been blanketed by dead locusts after the Kingdom’s Ministry of Environment intervened through pest fumigation operations, a video shows.https://t.co/WWErMzd77L pic.twitter.com/piEJ4ZUalP— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) February 13, 2020
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated at the end of January that a locust control plan would cost $76 million across East Africa. According to the FAO, countries most affected by the locust situation are Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia but added other countries were at risk too.