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Saturday, November 24, 2007

LOCUSTS INFESTS MANDERA...........IRIN News


ISIOLO, 23 November 2007 (IRIN)


Swarms of locusts have infested parts of northeastern Kenya's district of Mandera, ravaging pasture and crops in the arid area frequently hit by drought, officials said.


The locusts reportedly originated from neighbouring Somalia where authorities in the northeastern self-declared autonomous region of Puntland in September appealed for international aid following the loss of thousands of hectares of pasture and farmland to locust infestation.