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Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2013

Locusts swarm Egypt: The eighth plague of Egypt not quite revisited

On the same weekend that the History Channel featured the first episode of the miniseries, “The Bible”, which did tell the story of the plagues of Egypt. Over the skies of Cairo millions of locusts swarmed, threatening the livilihood of farmers in the north African nation (see video here).

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Officials estimated that at least 30 million of the insects have swarmed on to the fields and farms about 15 miles southwest of Cairo, according to an Israel National News report.

However, several Egyptian news sources said reported that the locust swarms were being “eradicated” and that no significant damage was being done to crops.

The Egypt Independent, for example,  reported that locust-fighting efforts have so far eradicated 95 percent of the swarms that arrived in Cairo on Saturday from the south of the country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.

Egyptians reportedly started burning tires in an effort to fend off the swarm, although there is no evidence such actions work.

For more information of the locust situation in Egypt and Israel, see the UNs FAO Locust Watch for updates.

 

 

 

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