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[英伦广角] 【整理】2010-10-10 澳大利亚遭遇75年来最严重蝗灾

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This is what hundreds of farmers across Australia are waking up to, and it's going to get a lot / worse. A locust invasion which could be the most devastating in decades.
Locusts had been around for ever , you know the biblical plagues, and that's we've got here, a plague of biblical proportions.
There is now a race against time to spray affected areas with insecticide. Right now the locusts can't fly, but once they mature, they can chew their way across millions of acres, eating an entire crop in a couple of days.
We're dying to get them in the next ten days, we can't loose them. As this temperature heats up, they'll start fledging and fly, once they swarm, it's virtually impossible to control them. They're highly mobile when they move right across the state.
Queensland to Victorian and South Australia are all at risk, and here in New South Wales crops worth 1.5 billion pounds are under threat. The state government is urging farmers to act quickly.
"The locusts will be in plague proportions this season; be alert, be aware and stop them in their tracks."
A winter of heavy rain after several years of drought has created perfect conditions for both farmers and insects. Scott Mitchell found them in the land where he reared sheep, the plague locusts can devour his grazing land, but neightbours risk losing million-dollar crops.
They are looking at the best crop they've had in a long time, and they need their crop to get out of financial troubles, so if lag down are like that, it's gonna be probably the biggest disaster we're heading in this area really. We just come out of one nature disaster. This is just something else that we have to put up with.
Officials who've been monitoring the advancing plague from the air have been shocked to the its rapid spread.
We knew that, we had, a problem in the area, but we found far more than we've ever expected.
We are saying survival rates are around 80% or more from the locusts, whereas in a normal year, you are on it to get 20% or so which would survive. So this is a huge challenge for us.
Fifty planes are on standby to join a battle which can never be won. All they can do is try to inflict heavy casualties before the enemy takes to the air.
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