New locust alert in Canary Islands

29th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2004, LAS PALMAS -Spain's Canary Islands, which last week declared a state of alert as swarms of locusts arrived from western Africa, is under threat from a renewed cloud of the creatures, acording to observers on the islands.

29 November 2004

LAS PALMAS -Spain's Canary Islands, which last week declared a state of alert as swarms of locusts arrived from western Africa, is under threat from a renewed cloud of the creatures, acording to observers on the islands.

One photographer reported a large cloud of locusts around Corralejo in the north of the island of Fuerteventura, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) off the Moroccan coast, with concerned tourists watching as they buzzed the locality.

Earlier on Monday, local authorities said that the original swarms which had descended on the island on Thursday were "under control" as the Canaries sought to deal with its worst locust invasion since the 1950s.

Hot weather and easterly winds in the region have exacerbated the problem posed by the insects, which have are been threatening crops in several countries in the Sahara and the Maghreb region of north Africa, as well as parts of Israel.
   

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Subject: Spanish news

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