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Locust swarms form dark clouds over South Asia food security

Beijing tells authorities to prepare for possible invasion

A locust invasion has caused a food crisis in Ethiopia.   © Reuters

TOKYO/NEW DELHI -- Locust infestations are causing massive damage to farm crops in East Africa, India and Pakistan, prompting the United Nations to warn of a "humanitarian crisis" resulting from the food shortage.

About 12 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are coping with a food crisis, reports the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization. The Somalian government declared a state of emergency last month while Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the same month invoked a national emergency to protect crops and farmers.

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