Story By: Marija Petrovska, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@CRAprensa
This is the moment a motorist drives through a huge swarm of locusts in northern Argentina after the mass of winged creepy-crawlies reportedly invaded from Paraguay.
Stunned residents of Santiago del Estero in the northern Argentine province of the same name shared footage on social media that has been widely viewed by netizens.
One clip shows a motorist driving through the huge swarm on a country road as dozens ping off his windscreen.
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In another video filmed by a driver, a large ‘cloud’ of locusts is seen in the distance across a field.
According to local media, north winds are driving the locusts south from Paraguay into Argentina, plaguing the northern city with problems.
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The National Food Safety and Quality Service (Senasa) said that the swarm is currently heading north-west towards the city of Salta.
Senasa spokesman Hector Medina said that even though it is alarming to see such a large swarm of locusts, residents should bear in mind that “they only feed on plants” and “do not transmit any diseases”.
Video Credit: CEN/@jpkarnatz
However, they are said to have an insatiable appetite and can cause serious damage to crops and farmland, which in turn can affect harvests and livestock.
The locusts’ migration across central South America continues.
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