The Tigray Interim Administration has called for urgent assistance to combat what it says is possibly the worst desert locust invasion in recent memory, threatening the region.
Getachew Reda, in a tweet posted today, appealed to the people of Tigray, the federal government of Ethiopia, and the international community to help address the “colossal challenge” posed by the locust invasion.
According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 253,300 people with 33,000 hectares of land covered by crops in the Southern Zone of Tigray are at risk of locust infestation and loss of crop production.
Locust swarms that originated in Tigray have also spread to neighboring areas.
On August 4th, OCHA reported sightings of solitary adult locusts affecting five woredas or districts in the Afar Region—Abaala, Euwa, Kunneba, Megale and Yalo.