New York, Feb. 12 -- : The United Nations has warned that the ongoing locust crisis in eastern Africa could become a major humanitarian plague.

The locust outbreak in east Africa comes after heavy rainfall in the region in late 2019. It brought a swarm of desert locust to the region, resulting in a complete loss of crops, Sputnik reported.

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, during a Monday press conference at UN headquarters in New York, warned that the outbreak has the potential "to be the most devastating plague of locusts in any of our living memories if we don't reduce the problem faster than we're doing at the moment".

UN Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) senior locust forecasting officer Keith Cressman noted that a medium-...