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India and Pakistan brace for worst locust attack in 27 years

Amid COVID-19, Modi vows to 'salvage our crops' as drones and helicopters readied

A swarm of desert locusts flies over a ranch near the town on Nanyuki in Laikipia county, Kenya, Feb. 21.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, India and Pakistan are battling another crisis -- their worst locust attack in nearly three decades.

The flying insects have crossed over to India in a wave of desert swarms from neighboring Pakistan, sweeping several parts of the country and threatening to damage crops.

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