The UN has called for international help to fight huge swarms of desert locusts sweeping through east Africa.

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), called for aid to avert any threats to food security, livelihood and malnutrition.

The FAO says Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are all struggling with “unprecedented” and “devastating” swarms of the food-devouring insects.

The agency fears the numbers could grow 500 times by June.

Ethiopia and Somalia have not faced an infestation at this rate for 25 years, while Kenya has not seen a locust threat this size for 70 years.

South Sudan and Uganda are also at risk if the swarms continue to grow and spread. The FAO says the only option left is “aerial control”.

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