30 Million Locusts Swarm Egypt’s Giza Region

Locals take to setting tires on fire in an attempt to get rid of them

By on March 4th, 2013 06:27 GMT

News from Egypt say that, this past weekend, the country's Giza region witnessed its being invaded by a swarm of locusts.

Information leaked to the public thus far says that, all things considered, roughly 30 million such insects descended from the sky and landed on fields and farms located at a distance of roughly 15 miles southwest of Cairo.

As was to be expected, having this many locusts swarm on agricultural lands in this part of Egypt led to massive damage being caused to local crops.

Hoping to safeguard their farms and fields, some of the people living and working in this region took to burning tires.

Apparently, it is their belief that the smoke and the smell released when setting these tires on fire will eventually drive the insects away.

However, the country's high officials maintain that such fires might end up causing more harm than good.

Therefore, the people living in the areas invaded by these insects would do best to allow trained staff to handle this issue, sources say.

Thus, Dr. Salah Abd Al Mamonthe, currently serving as the Egyptian Agriculture Minister, commented on this insects invasion as follows:

“Egyptian armed forces and border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with all means at their disposal.”

More precisely, it appears that the armed forces and the border guards are to attempt controlling and driving away the swarm of locusts with the help of crop duster planes.

“I ask the families living in the locust-plagues areas not to burn tires. This does not chase away the locusts, but only causes damage and could ignite large-scale fires that would cost in lives,” he went on to add.

Both Salah Abd Al Mamonthe and several others of the country's high officials are quite confident that the country will succeed in getting rid of these insects with the help of some powerful winds which are expected to force the locusts into heading towards the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia.

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