Even as Pakistan deals with the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it is afflicted with yet another plague of biblical proportions that has taken a back seat to COVID-19 outbreak. Swarms of locusts that invaded Pakistan’s agricultural heartland forced the federal government to declare a national emergency, and appeal to international community for assistance in dealing with this menace in February. New swarms are reported to be breeding and forming groups in KPK, Balochistan, and Sindh.
Insect swarms had made their way to Pakistan from Iran, the south-western neighbor. According to the United Nations, cyclones and heavy rains sparked extraordinary breeding and exponential growth of the locust on the Arabian Peninsula during 2018-19. And, from there, it spread to Horn of Africa and Indo-Pakistan border region.