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    A state of emergency has been declared in Russia's southeastern Astrakhan region where locusts are swarming through farmlands, devouring crops, the local branch of the emergencies ministry said on Sunday.

    A state of emergency has been declared in Russia's southeastern Astrakhan region where locusts are swarming through farmlands, devouring crops, the local branch of the emergencies ministry said on Sunday.

    More than 8,000 hectares of land have been affected by the swarms. The emergencies ministry seeks to tackle the locusts. So far, 265 hectares of land have been treated with pesticides.

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, June 12 (RIA Novosti) 

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