News ID: 254131
Published: 0459 GMT June 11, 2019

Italian island hit by worst locust invasion in 70 years

Italian island hit by worst locust invasion in 70 years

Swarms of locusts have destroyed crops and infested houses on the Italian island of Sardinia in the worst such invasion in 70 years, agricultural association Coldiretti said on Tuesday.

The locusts have devastated animal grazing pastures covering some 2,500 hectares (6,200 acres) of land in the central province of Nuoro, between the small towns of Ottana and Orani, Presstv Reported.

Locusts are often seen in Sardinia during the summer, but farmers said it was the worst outbreak since the end of World War Two and was mainly due to odd weather patterns over the past two years.

Michele Arbau, from Coldiretti Sardinia, said it would be impossible to estimate the cost of the locust swarms until later in the season.

   
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