"Locusts swarm Egypt" certainly sounds like a Biblical plague. Apparently a swarm of 30 million locusts has hit Egypt, just three weeks before Passover begins. According to a report from late Sunday (March 3), this is actually a typical event for the region. That doesn't eliminate the danger that this many pests can provide to crops if they come into contact with them though.
A swarm this big could wipe out entire fields of crops in a matter of days, meaning officials had to keep a very close eye on this swarm as it migrated. The report states that the large plague worked its way from the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia. That migration came to an end over the weekend, without evidence that crops had been damaged.
Egyptian Agricultural Minister Salah Abdel Moamen stated that, "The current inspection teams at areas targeted by locusts did not witness swarms damaging a single inch of crop." The good thing going for Egypt was that these locusts were working mainly on fat stores and didn't need to eat much during the migration period.
There have certainly been a few rumors that the locusts that swarmed Egypt did cause damage and that it wasn't as under control as advertised, but those rumors have not been confirmed.
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