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 Large swarms of locusts have been seen on farms and in other rural areas of Saudi Arabia and Yemen over the past few days, after countries in the Horn of Africa suffered the largest outbreak in decades.

Kuwait's Al Rai newspaper reported on Monday that the swarms of locusts invaded agricultural areas in four Saudi regions: Riyadh, Qassim, Hail and the Eastern Province.

The newspaper said that Kuwait is also under threat from locusts coming from Iran.

An official said the Kuwaiti authorities had been engaging with Saudi Arabia to co-ordinate a response to the locusts.

Executive secretary of the Desert Locust Control Authority, Mamoun Al Alawi, said that billions of locusts had arrived in Yemen and the eastern coast of Iran and Pakistan.

The news comes as swarms containing billions of locusts destroy crops in Kenya, which has not had such an outbreak in 70 years. Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda have also been affected and last had comparable swarms a quarter of a century ago.