BEIRUT: Several locusts appeared in the southern coastal city of Sidon Friday, mostly in the downtown area and some in its suburbs, although officials said their numbers were small and that they were a natural occurrence given the heat wave that has hit the country this spring.
Last March, swarms of locusts appeared in several areas of north Lebanon as well as in Tyre and near the Litanigha River in the south, invading gardens and crops.
A number of farmers on the Akkar coastline and surrounding area also reported finding large locusts in their fields following the summer heat wave last August.
Experts warned at the time that global warming could bring more locusts, potentially posing a threat to the country’s agriculture, especially as the desert locust has no natural predator in Lebanon.
Large numbers of the insects are capable of damaging crops and stripping fields of all vegetation.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 26, 2014, on page 2.