Swarms of locusts have destroyed crops in China’s southwestern Yunnan Province, as the country battles flooding in other regions of the nation.
The Forestry Department of Yunnan Province said farmers in Pu’er, a city in the province, and other areas have reported severe damage to crops over nearly 40 square miles of land, China Central Television and Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.
The insects have been identified as yellow-spined bamboo locusts, found in China, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
The locusts have been multiplying in number, while ravaging local crops of bamboo, corn and plantains, according to Yunnan authorities.
Provincial authorities have deployed dozens of drones to monitor crops and have mobilized a team of 57,000 emergency workers to fight the pests, according to Caixin.