Monday, March 04, 2013

Egypt Plagued By Swarm of Locusts Before Passover

Having trouble getting into the Pesach mood?

Arutz Sheva is reporting that Egypt Struck by Swarm of Locusts Ahead of Passover:
As a reminder to those who thought the account related in the Passover Haggadah might have been an exaggeration – think again. Millions of locusts have swooped down in a swarm from the sky on to the land of Egypt.

The locust plague struck over the weekend in the Giza region, home to a cluster of famous pyramids, according to reports in Arab media.

Officials estimated that at least 30 million of the insects have swarmed on to the fields and farms about 15 miles southwest of Cairo. The locust swarm is causing massive damage to agriculture in the area, Alwatan News reported.
Desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria)

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Dr. Salah Abd Al Mamon is warning families not to try to combat the locusts on their own.

Apparently, like the plague itself, the cure for the situation is also of Biblical proportions:
Instead, Mamon noted the weather forecasters have predicted strong winds are soon to come, which he hopes will take the locusts towards the Red Sea, and Saudi Arabia.
I don't know if Mr. Mamon actually hopes the locusts will end up in Saudi Arabia -- but apparently he did not say he hopes they end up in Israel.

Lesson learned.

UPDATE: Someone posted a video on Youtube, but it is not clear that this is of Egypt -- though the view it gives of a locust swarm does give an idea of what the Giza area is up against.

Hat tip: LR

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