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Swarms of locusts descend on Cairo
Feared 'locust plague' reaches Cairo after prior sightings along Red Sea coast and in Upper Egypt
Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Mar 2013
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Swarms of locusts seen descending on Cairo
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Swarms of locusts have been seen in several districts of Cairo on Saturday, including Moqatam and New Cairo.

Some citizens burned tires to create a black fog to keep the locusts from settling in the city.

Swarms were earlier reported to have reached Egypt's Red Sea city of Zafarana, some 200 kilometres from Cairo, and then the Upper Egyptian city of Qena where locusts appeared in at least three major villages.

There has earlier been reports of a "plague of locusts," which some experts say could hit Egypt's Nile Delta.

Since January, swarms of the insects — originating from Sudan — have been spotted along the Red Sea coast in south-eastern Egypt, north-eastern Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia.

In 2004, Egypt witnessed one of the most serious locust infestations in recent history, when farmers in 15 out of the country's 27 governorates suffered extensive crop damage.

At the time, the Land Centre for Human Rights, a local NGO devoted to agriculture issues, reported that 38 percent of the nation's crops had been damaged as a direct result of the arrival of locusts.
 
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), one ton of locusts eat the same amount of food in a single day as around 2,500 people.



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Nam Marine
05-03-2013 01:26pm
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"What a surprise" !
Gee, what a surprise.....an End Time event in the land of Satan. The God of this current World.
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Olivia Wyatt
04-03-2013 06:53pm
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Owner/ manager of O.Wyatt Pet sitting & Pet Grooming
The Lord God is in control of nature, remember the story in the bible of Moses and how God used the forces of nature to convince the ruler to free the slaves (Israel).
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patkar
03-03-2013 08:22am
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but He said yesterday....
The minister of agriculture, certainly an expert said yesterday that no way the locusts could go north and actualy they were heading for Saoudi Arabia. he had it wrong !
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Roslyn
02-03-2013 07:36pm
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The invasion has started!
The locust plague was just spotted flying over Mokattam, according to the Agricultural Minister who is planning to 'fight' them with exactly what he didn't specify! Now I have heard they are on their way to New Cairo, their arrival seems perfectly timed to coordinate with the visit of John Kerry! This is not meant to be a joke, this is a confirmed sighting!
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Des Boxall
03-03-2013 09:42am
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KERRY & LOCUSTS TO MEET IN CAIRO
I'm curious to see who arrives first, John Kerry or the locusts. The question is; will they meet?
Dr.Feelgood
03-03-2013 12:26am
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Don't worry, Roslyn
The day Mr.Kerry leaves the locusts will leave as well.

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