Ongoing diesel shortage hinders anti-locust efforts in Egypt's Sinai

Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Jun 2013

Lack of diesel fuel hinders authorities' efforts to contain swarms of locusts in southern Sinai Peninsula

Diesel fuel shortages in the southern Sinai Peninsula have made it more difficult to contain swarms of locusts in and around the resort cities of Sharm Al-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported on Wednesday.

General Adel Kassab, head of the South Sinai Security Directorate's operations and crisis management centre, was quoted as saying that that swarms of locusts were attacking cars on the highway as a result of the shortage of diesel fuel.

The vehicles used to spray insecticides are powered by diesel fuel.

On Tuesday, locust swarms spread to the South Sinai cities of Abu Zeneima, Abu Erdees, Ras Sedr and Taba, despite the security directorate's efforts to combat them.

For months, Egypt has been suffering a severe diesel fuel shortage. Microbus drivers, the main consumers of diesel fuel, have staged several strikes and blocked roads in Cairo to protest the diesel shortfalls.

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