Millions of locusts have caused devastation after descending on Sardinia.
Several mayors in the region declared a state of natural disaster and called for immediate action.
Worst locust plague in 70 years invades Sardinia, Italy. Picture La Republica
In a situation reminiscent of a biblical plague, voracious locusts have stripped large areas of the island’s agricultural regions of crops, in what the World Bank has already been branded the most serious such invasion the world has faced in 70 years.
Speaking in April, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said coronavirus-linked flight restrictions were hampering efforts to wipe out locust swarms on the verge of devastating crops in eastern Africa, which, partly as a result, have spread to Europe.