Locust swarm in Egypt
A locust swarm estimated at 30 million in Egypt has put Israel on high alert ahead of the Passover celebration.
The Ministry of Agriculture in Israel has activated a hotline for their citizens to report any locust sightings. It is hoped early reports will aid in avoiding or controlling a major outbreak.
As early as November of 2012 pockets of locust were seen in Egypt and Sudan. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began working with these two governments to control this outbreak. When many small pockets of locusts are detected, it can be hard to successfully control enough of these infestations before they mature with wings and begin to gather into a swarm.