Sana'a (Debriefer) - The South Korean government on Tuesday said it would provide some $4 million in humanitarian aid for Yemen and 13 Asian and African countries facing food crisis following the spread of desert locust.
The assistance will be provided via the World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the SK foreign ministry said.
The aid will be spent on providing food to those countries, as well as on activities to prevent the further spread of the desert locust, the ministry added in remarks carried by the South Korean news agency.
Recently, swarms of locust invaded the Yemeni capital Sana'a, as farmers feared their crops would be heavily affected.
Coming from Yemeni coastal and eastern areas, locust swarms covered the skies of Sana'a City and some governorates, the Sana'a-based Saba reported.
"Combating the swarms of locust and their intense spread in the country needs resources," Saba quoted director of anti-locust center as saying.
If suitable conditions – in terms of heavy rains, wet and plant cover – locust swarms will further increase, posing a real risk for crops, Adel al-Shibani added.