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article imageLocust Infest Northeastern Kenya

By Bob Ewing     Nov 23, 2007 in World
Locusts are infesting the northwestern region of Kenya. it is likely that the locusts have moved there from nearby Somalia after causing considerable damage there. The Kenyan government is on the scene.
Mandera is an arid area in the northwest of Kenya and has been dealing with frequent drought conditions. Now swarms of locusts are adding to the farmers woes.
An AllAfrica report states that the locusts are coming from Somalia which neighbours the region. Authorities in the northeastern self-declared autonomous region of Puntland had issued an international call for assistance when thousands of hectares of farmland and pasture were devoured by locusts in September.
"Some damage has already been done, but we are confident the situation will be contained," said Mandera District Commissioner Naftali Mung'athia.
Officials from the ministries of agriculture and livestock are on the scene and are conducting an assessment.
Dahabo Daud is an official of Mandera Women for Peace, which is a community-based organization, and according to her more than 200 families, who count on riverine cultivation of vegetables and some cereals for their livelihood, have lost their crops to the locusts and were in need of assistance.
"We got enough rains a month ago and we were not worried about drought which killed many animals, but now things have changed," said Mohamed Ibrahim, a livestock keeper in Mandera
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