Wajir County residents have come up with new measures to deal with a raging locust invasion as they await the government’s intervention.

Police have been deployed to fire bullets in the air to scare away the swarms of locusts threatening to wipe out all vegetation.

Some people were captured shouting, clapping, whistling and striking metal objects, hoping the destructive pests would fly away.

The locusts are said to have moved around for close to two hours before settling eight to 10 kilometres away from Kutulo Township.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had earlier warned that the desert locusts would spread to the other eastern African counties, including Kenya, Eritrea, South Sudan and Djibouti, if early interventions were not taken.

Northeastern leaders, including Eldas MP Adan Keynan, have  called upon the national government and the international community to intervene and contain the devastating swarms of desert locusts that have invaded the region.

They said the locusts would destroy the livelihoods of the residents mostly pastoralists as the insects were already damaging vegetation, which is relied upon by their livestock.

The  locusts have invaded Mandera and parts of Wajir and are fast spreading to other counties in the region.

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Zablon Ondari

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