... "They say it is very unlikely that these locusts will travel further inland into China." Once the locusts have destroyed the land and the smoke is still coming from the ground, the rivers will flood the countryside. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0) The world is currently experiencing one of the worst incidences of locust outbreak in decades. We are also … Local authorities have used chemical and biological means including spraying pesticides by drones to curb their spread on about 6,938 hectares since the locusts were first found on June 28. Crops like plantain, corn and paddy rice are also among their options. "If the situation is not controlled, we are not expecting to harvest," said a farmer of Jiangcheng on condition of anonymity. TBW. A swarm of yellow-spined bamboo locusts have decimated large areas of land in the southern city of Pu’er. Changing wind directions are likely to bring in even more locusts in the days to come, officials warn. China has not been the only country hit by the locust plague. Photo: AP/Getty Images. KUNMING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Locust swarms had invaded an area of 8,096 hectares in southwest China's Yunnan Province as of Tuesday, local authorities said Thursday. While locusts are not a new phenomenon in India, they usually arrive only from July to October, and not in such blinding swarms. ETHIOPIA. Twitter. Strange Sounds. The Forestry Department of Yunnan Province said farmers in Pu’er, a city in the province, and other areas have reported severe damage to crops over nearly 40 square miles of land, China Central Television and Xinhua news agency reported … The city of Pu'er was worst affected with the swarms seen in 8,018 hectares while Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture saw 78 hectares taken over by the insects, according to the provincial forestry and grassland … Updated Feb. 22, 2020 8:31AM ET / Published Feb. 22, 2020 5:34AM ET REUTERS HONG KONG—Swarms of desert locusts have devastated crops in East Africa, hit the Middle East and moved into South Asia. Jiangcheng County in Pu'er, which borders both Laos and Vietnam, is the worst-hit area. 0. (Bhagirath/BCCL Jaipur) The 2020 locust outbreak was the worst Kenya has seen in 70 … Twitter. KEYWORDS: Locusts, Swarm, Attack, Farmers, India, Pakistan, China. "There are no specific routes for these insects. 6133518687001 . [Photo/China Daily] While some parts of east Africa have almost eliminated desert locusts, the situation remains serious in some countries as well as in Yemen, raising fears that a new wave could emerge and spread across the region. But the locusts can pose a serious threat to the July-October growing season. China recently donated 12 drones to aid in Pakistan’s pest control efforts. Customs at Khunjerab, a pass between China and Pakistan in southwestern Xinjiang, have started monitoring surrounding areas within 2 km for locusts. … Monday, July 13, 2020. [Photo/China Daily] [Photo/China Daily] While some parts of east Africa have almost eliminated desert locusts, the situation remains serious in some countries as well as in Yemen, raising fears that a new wave could emerge and spread across the region. Earlier this year, countries in East Africa were invaded by desert locusts, leading to significant food shortages. A harvester works at a farm in Otavi, Namibia, on July 15, 2020. Numerous swarms are present along the western and eastern edges of the northern Rift … The insects have been identified as yellow-spined bamboo locusts, found in China, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. NewsBlock_9AM_021820_HD1080_269.2_470 ... "They say it is very unlikely that these locusts will travel further inland into China." China to help fight locusts as major crops face danger Amin Ahmed Updated 19 Feb 2020. Shen suggested that a special zone set up in the forest-agriculture ecotones to prevent a further inbreak of the pests and mitigate the impact of the "disaster.". Over 31,000 people have also been mobilized. By YANG WANLI | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-02-20 07:33 Children try to drive away desert locusts swarming in the Okara district of eastern Pakistan's Punjab Province on Saturday. Without humanitarian assistance, 3.5 million people are projected to face food crisis between July and September. In the other five countries, campaign continued. The flood inundated the pavilion beside Yangtze River on July 6, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Facebook Count. Many farmers have expressed concerns over the incursion expected to last until September.