Floods, locusts and Novel Coronavirus ravage Somalia!
There are certain days in Somalia, when the sky starts to get abnormally dark. You look upward and see what looks like dark black clouds and you think that it is going to rain. But then when you take a closer look, you see that they are not rain clouds – but clouds of hundreds of millions of hungry desert locusts, about to descend upon the crops of Somalia.
The attack of desert locusts in Somalia this year, is the worst the country has seen, in 25 years. Because of it, the government of Somalia, declared a national emergency.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Somalia, stated:
“The Ministry of Agriculture… has declared a national emergency in view of the current desert locust upsurge that poses a major threat to Somalia’s fragile food security situation.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Somalia, added:
“Food sources for people and their livestock are at risk. The desert locust swarms are uncommonly large and consume huge amounts of crops and forage.”
And if the desert locusts weren’t bad enough, the country has been hit by heavy floods, which have displaced as many as half a million of its populace – and created what is considered to be the perfect breeding ground for the desert locusts.
And then there is the Novel Coronavirus! There are 2,878 cases and 90 deaths in Somalia, because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Malik, WHO’s country representative said:
“Every week, we are challenging ourselves. If we want to be sure that this outbreak is contained, there is no alternative than to emphasize containment and mitigation measures.”
Said Hussein Iid, Minister of Agriculture, Somalia said:
“Given the severity of this desert locust outbreak, we must commit our best efforts to protect the food security and livelihoods of Somali people.”
Dr. Malik added:
“What we are seeing in Somalia is cases remain undiagnosed, undetected, the self-isolation and quarantine measures are not working as efficiently as we expect them to work.”