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Locust plague in Madagascar

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Madagascar is dealing with its worst locust invasion in 60 years.  About half of the island is infested.

Approximately 100 swarms are flying across the country.  They are made up of an estimated 500 billion locusts, according to experts.

They eat 100,000 tons of vegetation a day.

Half of the crops of the country have destroyed raising fears about food shortages, according to the AFP.

The large numbers of the pests are blamed on a cyclone that made conditions favorable to the development of locusts.  Authorities say they don't have enough resources to deal with the plague.

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