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Locust Plague Hits Madagascar

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(CNN) – Looks like something out of a movie.

A severe plague of locusts has taken over Madagascar.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says it needs millions of dollars to help get rid of them.

The plant-eating insects are destroying vegetation and threatening 60-percent of the country’s rice production.

Rice is a staple crop in Madagascar.

Officials worry the locusts could worsen hunger in a country that already has high rates of malnutrition.

The UNFAO says it will cost more than 41-million dollars to fight the plague.

They say the first installment of 22-million dollars is needed by June.

The other 19-million will be used to implement a three-year strategy to tackle the problem.

Officials estimate two-thirds of the country will be infested by September if no action is taken.