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Liberia: Insect Infestation - Jan 2009

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Insect Infestation

Caterpillar insects invaded some communities in the Zota District of Bong County, Central Liberia, affecting a total of 8,223 persons. The insects have destroyed farm lands with potential food security risk and outbreak of water related diseases.(IFRC 29 Jun 2009)
There appears to be no direct threat to food security as staple food crops such as rice, millet and sorghum have already been harvested. But cash crops have been affected which will impact purchasing power. As of 2 February, 107 towns and villages were affected in 4 counties.(OCHA, 28 Feb, 2009)