The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)warns of new desert locust swarms in Somalia

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that the desert locust breeding which has wreaked havoc in the Horn of Africa (HOA), by sweeping vegetation and causing food insecurity remains alarming in Somalia.

“The desert locust situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, specifically in the northeast part where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are expected to form in the coming weeks,” the FAO said in its desert locust outbreak update.

“The current infestation in Somalia is the worst in 25 years,” it said according to a report issued by OCHA on Wednesday.

In northeast Somalia, the UN humanitarian agency said, several generations of locusts are already present and will be laying eggs soon as the April-June rains approach.