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Sightline with Tim Marshall: Swarms of locusts descend on East Africa

Tim Marshall explores the devastating effect locusts have had on crops in the Horn of Africa

There's a saying in English: 'It never rains, but it pours,' meaning misfortunes come in rapid succession.

Today in East Africa that means locusts, heavy rains, and again locusts - they're back.

Earlier this year came an infestation, the likes of which East Africa hadn't seen in decades. Vast swarms, the size of cities, containing billions of locusts, ate their way across the region and beyond.

In this week's episode of Sightline, Tim Marshall explores the devastating effect the locusts have had on the Horn of Africa and looks at where they could head next.

Updated: May 15, 2020 12:54 PM

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