A state of emergency has been declared, according to CNN, as swarms of locusts are devouring everything in their path. Almost 2,000,000 acres, including corn and other life sustaining crops are being consumed by the insects. At least 10% of the country’s crops have already been destroyed and an increased effort by crop-sprayers is not slowing the locust down. This is happening in southern Russia and seems almost prophetic considering Russia’s aggressive actions throughout the world in the past few years.
Tatiana Drishcheva, with the Russia Agricultural Center, a government organization, says:
“In Kalmikya, Astrakhan, Volgograd, and Dagestan, there is already no food left for the locusts, so they have moved on to other sources of food.”
No food for the locusts means there isn’t any left for the people either. The locusts are said to be 3 inches in length with wingspans of almost 5 inches and look like small sparrows.
Russian news broadcasts on state television are blaming the scourge of locusts on climate change. Whatever the cause, when a country’s food supply is gone, famine is sure to follow.