Locust Plague Hits Madagascar
(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.