Lebanon battles swarms of locusts

The locusts, which threaten crops, are the latest addition to a long list of challenges faced by Lebanon, which is battling its worst financial crisis in decades. Army helicopters are spraying agricultural land in northeast Lebanon to help farmers battle swarms of locusts that flew to the country in what a UN agency said was a “very rare” event caused by a change in the wind direction.The agriculture ministry, which is on full alert, said on Monday large numbers of the locusts had been destroyed.

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