Desert locusts that invaded Uganda over two weeks ago through Karamoja have been seen mostly in rural areas. But this morning, the insects invaded Soroti, the biggest town in Teso, sending many residents in disarray.
Businesses came to a standstill
in Soroti town this morning as residents had sight of desert locusts’
invasion in town for the very first time. Many people abandoned their shops,
offices and all other activities to have a glimpse of the migratory insects.
Desert locusts that invaded
Uganda over two weeks ago through Karamoja have been seen mostly in rural
areas. But this morning, the insects invaded Soroti, the biggest town in Teso, sending
many residents in disarray.
The locusts had spent a night in
Asuret Sub-County after invading Awoja waters, located at the border between
Soroti and Ngora on Monday evening. Early this morning, the army helicopter and
the aircraft spraying desert locusts confronted the insects, making them to
spread from Asuret, through Pamba Ward in Western Division to all other
divisions in Soroti Municipality.
Almost all children in different
schools, together with their teachers abandoned lessons and spread to different
directions to chase after the locusts. The hilarious atmosphere lasted more
than one hour.
At Faith Christian School in
Pamba, the children climbed trees, threw stones, ran and jumped throughout the
compound after seeing locusts. They chased them from their mango trees and
followed them to the fence of their school with excitement.
Florence Maleka, the school headteacher says the locusts’ invasion left pupils very excited and curious. Some
pupils had captured locusts with the intention of taking them home to their
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Max Emailuk, a pupil of Faith
Christian School says he is going to share the experience of locusts’ invasion
with his family and friends.
A swarm invaded Soroti Army
Barracks and took refuge in the bushy compound and trees surrounding the area.
The infestation attracted many road onlookers, who insinuated that the insects
had attacked their attackers.
At Fr. Hilders Primary School,
the teachers had to pick sticks to chase children back to class. Mary Nantege,
a teacher in the school told URN that much as the children made noise, the
insects settled in all the trees at school.
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It is the second time desert
locusts are crossing through Pamba ward. The first entry had a small swarm to
flew to Kamuda direction. The insects were received by
bangs, screams and hooting around town.
One of the residents in Mutukula
villages decided to bang iron sheets with her
son to protect her compound from the migratory insects. She said that she
wouldn’t sit and watch the locusts destroy her compound.