There is a serious caterpillar outbreak in Melekpa Town, Jorquelleh District, Bong County, destroying farms and polluting water. Our reporter, who visited the area – approximately 20 miles away from Gbarnga, observed the caterpillars in various trees around the town, something that puts citizens in deep fear.
The caterpillars have also polluted streams and sources of drinking water, while residents of the town have stopped drinking from wells. Residents of the area – mostly farmers, said drinking water are brought from their farms on their way to the town.
Our correspondent indicated that the caterpillars have also stopped the movement of people to some areas as a result fear of skin infection. MeleKpa Town Chief John Binda told our correspondent that he has ordered his citizens not t eat any of the fruits and other food stuff around the town, including oranges.
He said they were finding it difficult to cope with the situation as the lack of hand pumps for over one thousand residents of the town and adjacent communities has further exacerbated the situation. Mr. Binda is seeking the intervention of the government and humanitarian organizations by ensuring the situation is brought under complete control.
He said the caterpillars have been in the town for more than two weeks and despite many calls, no attention has been given.
There are also reports from other villages, including Samay in the same district that caterpillars have started hampering farming activities of citizens.
County authorities are yet to make comments as to how to intervene in the current caterpillar crisis.