Army worms causes havoc in Liberia - Over 19 villages invaded
Over 19 towns and villages in the African country of Liberia have been attacked by legions of hundreds of thousands of army worms, which have destroyed a significant quantity of crops - leaving the grounds bared.
As a result, the government has declared an national emergency in the district of Zota, where the insects have invaded nineteen towns.
An army worm is a caterpillar like insect that devours everything that comes onto its path - from leaves to crops. While doing so, it pollutes water sources like creeks with its faeces.
One single army worm does not pose a problem - the impact of thousands together however, can be compared to the damage done by a Locust plague.
"A mature army worm is approximately 1.5 inches in length (± 3 centimeters) and is capable of laying waste to an entire crop in a matter of days," said Liberia's Agriculture Minister Christopher Toe.