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East Africa's huge locust outbreak now spreads to Congo

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Posted at 6:22 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 08:22:12-05

KAMPALA, Uganda — Congo is the latest country to be invaded by desert locusts that have infested large parts of East Africa.

The United Nations says this is the first time the locusts have been seen in Congo since 1944.

The voracious insects also recently arrived in South Sudan. Kenya and Somalia also are affected by the worst outbreak some have seen in decades.

Uganda is battling a large swarm and needs more money to control the infestation that has spread to over 20 districts.

The U.N. says more than $100 million is urgently needed to keep the regional outbreak from worsening.