Desert locusts swarm Aswan, ministry declares state of disaster

The Agriculture Ministry declared a state of disaster in Aswan on Thursday as swarms of desert locusts descend on Lake Nasser, the Egypt-Sudan border and the Eastern Desert.

Border guards sited the approaching locusts and notified ministry authorities in Hurghada, Halayeb, Shalateen, Abu Ramad and Sheikh al-Shazly.

Authorities will survey the reported areas to assess the situation and also survey other parts of the nation as a precautionary measure, the ministry announced.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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