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Locusts, Rodents, Floods Destroy Crops in China’s Yunnan Province

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Southern China has suffered the worst natural disasters in decades this year. Farmers in Yunnan Province said that in addition to the floods, the ongoing locust plague and rodent infestation have damaged nearly all the crops.

According to a report by South China Morning Post on Aug. 30, “the swarms of yellow-spined bamboo locusts crossed the border in late June and have since made their way northwards. … As of August 17, 11 counties in the province had been hit with 106 square kilometers (41 square miles) affected.”

According to a July 10 report by the regime’s mouthpiece Xinhua News, the Chinese experts claimed that the locust plague in the southern region of China is “under control.”

Pu’er city, in southern Yunnan, was reported to have had more than 28 square miles (73 square kilometers) of farming areas covered by invading locusts by the evening of July 9.

Ms. Ni from Tongguan town, Mojiang county in Pu’er told The Epoch Times that on July 29, a large group of locusts migrated to the local area and left two or three days later. The bamboo was seriously affected. “A group of locusts flew past (here), resting on bamboo. There were more than 3,000 locusts on a cluster of bamboos (about 20 bamboos) and it looked like a nest. Later, it was wiped out with pesticide to prevent it from laying eggs there,” she told the publication on Aug. 30.

Ms. Ni said that the locust mainly harms bamboo and corn. Since the local area is far from the border of Laos, where the locusts migrated from, the corn is not yet affected.

But she is worried about the corn field. She explained that in mild scenarios, the corn leaves would be gone, and in the most serious case, there would be zero corn harvest. Ms. Li said that the situation in Jiangcheng county in Pu’er is more serious due to its close proximity to Laos.

An employee of a courier company in Jiangcheng county told The Epoch Times that some local crops have been completely destroyed by the invading locusts. “Swarms of locusts attacked the grain field, and munched on the ears of rice. It looks like a grasshopper, five…

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