Locust invasion wreaks havoc on Pakistan’s crops, orchards

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say an invasion of locusts is spreading across the country, damaging crops and posing a threat to food security. Massive swarms of desert locusts are damaging crops and orchards across Pakistan. The locusts have come at a time when the country is also struggling to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, which has caused more than 1,300 deaths and infected more than 64,000. Originating in Africa, the desert locusts have spread across Pakistan, forcing authorities to dispatch aircraft and spraying machines filled with pesticides mounted on vehicles to eliminate the insects, which fly together by the millions.