Locust invasion is set to leave East Africa on the verge of famine, UN official warns | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Locust invasion is set to leave East Africa on the verge of famine, UN official warns

Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea and Djibouti - with a combined population of 276million - could all run short of food.

The locusts are already thought to number more than a billion and their population could increase by 500 times in the next four months if nothing is done.

David Beasley, director of the UN's World Food Programme, has called for $76million (£53m) to pay for pesticides and planes to spray the swarms.

He also warned that the countries being affected do not have the resources to combat the insects alone.

Mr Beasley also warned that some 13million people will need food supplies if the plague goes unchecked, at an estimated cost of $1billion.

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