Iran: Officials cloaking massive damages caused from locust storms

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, February 27, 2020—Following the regime’s continuous lies and refusal to reveal the truth about its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) shooting down the Ukrainian airliner and the current coronavirus outbreak, the Iranian people are faced with officials’ denials and silence about an unprecedented locusts attack in the country’s southern provinces.

Locust storms are rendering damages in massive proportions to locals living in these areas. The mullahs’ regime has constantly refused to provide any information and state media has remained completely silent in this regard, only providing bottleneck reports on this dire matter. This is yet another aspect of the mullahs’ plot in order to conceal the truth prior to the regime’s February 21 sham parliamentary election. Officials know the more the public are informed about their mismanagement of the status quo, the more they will boycott all events related to the regime.

Following a report by The Daily Star, the mullahs’ regime was forced to begin publishing information in this regard and acknowledge its failures on this subject.

Locusts are attacking the country’s Bushehr, Hormozgan, Sistance & Baluchistan and Fars provinces, according to the mullahs’ official IRNA news agency. The reports say this development is similar to locusts storms of 2019 in Iran in order downplay the regime’s incompetence and failures.

“The population of attacking locusts have increased in comparison to previous years,” said a regime official to IRNA news agency on February 25. “Locusts have attacked 700 to 800 hectares of agricultural areas near the town of Parsian. There are 500 million locusts estimated in every square kilometer. The population of locusts in previous years could be evaluated in the millions while this year we are looking at numbers in the billions. If they don’t find greens, these desert locusts have the ability to feed from wood and paper.”

As locusts attack the sugarcane fields of Khuzestan in large numbers, the threat exists of these storms spreading to other agricultural areas, according to an official of the oil-rich Khuzestan Province of southwest Iran whose remarks were published by the regime’s ISNA news agency on February 26. Sugarcane fields are reportedly in critical conditions, especially near the cities of Ahvaz, Shushtar, Shadegan and Khorramshahr. Lack of precautionary and follow-up measures in this regard can result in the locusts attacking other parts of the province. Their increasing numbers can place the entire province before a huge crisis and authorities have not even dispatched pesticide spraying planes to affected areas.

The locust population entering Bushehr Province is far more than last year, according to a provincial agricultural official talking to the regime’s Salamat News media outlet on February 25. This year nearly all of the province’s cities, including Bushehr, Dashtestan, Jam, Deer, Tangestan, Ganaveh, Asaluyeh and Kangan have witnessed massive locust storms.

This year the locust are spreading from farms to orchards, the official continued, adding measures now should be three-fold in comparison to last year.

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