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Locusts now threatening parts of southern Africa, UN says

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 17:09:00-04

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations says locusts are threatening another part of Africa, with up to 7 million people in the southern region facing further food insecurity.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says the outbreaks in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are not related to the huge outbreak of billions of desert locusts that has affected East Africa for months.

While these new outbreaks are far smaller, the U.N. agency says these outbreaks need quick attention to prevent a wider food security problem as farmers and others already struggle to recover from a serious drought last year and the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.