(Persia Digest) - Several southern provinces of Iran have been affected by a great swarm of locusts described by the Plants Conservation Organization as the heaviest attack of locusts in the last forty years.

Locusts have invaded thousands of hectares of pasture since February in Konarak, Chabahar, Ghasr-e Ghand, Nikshahr and Delgan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. This type of locusts feed off various kinds of greeneries in forests, fruit gardens, fodder, grains, vegetables, and pastures on their way destroying everything. Given their high destructive power they can cause famine in the region. The locusts can fly for six to twenty hours without interruption at speeds of between 12 and 120 kilometers per hour.

It is said that 200,000 hectares of agricultural land is in danger; in 38,000 hectares so far locusts have been seriously fought and the danger has been eliminated.

Photos: Esmat Jahani / IRNA

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