Swarm of locusts invade Nyandarua, Nakuru counties


Swarm of locusts invade Nyandarua, Nakuru counties
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Residents from parts of Laikipia West and Ndaragwa Constituency spent the better part of the night in fear following the invasion of the dreaded desert locusts.

The swarm of locusts are said to have moved from Salama, Kalampton, Lorian, Mihianyu Ngarua and then settled at Kiandege area within South Marmanet forest.

As the pests clouded the sky, there were sounds of people shouting in distress.

Gladys Ndege narrated how she heard screams from her neighbors and when she came out of her house she found the uninvited guests.

Mahianyu Chief Francis Nyaga and Nyandarua County Chief officer incharge of Agriculture Dr. Daniel Gikaara visited the area.

They assured residents that a team from both the national and county governments would assess the magnitude of the invasion and advise on the next steps.

Meanwhile in Nakuru County, there were reports that residents had sighted locust swarms in Shalom, Mang’u and Umoja areas in Rongai.

According to area Chief John Njagi, the insects were spotted at around 6pm on Friday and so far they have destroyed crops in several farms.

He said he has reached out to the county government to address the situation.

Report by Peter Mwangi and Robert Maina

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