Add Locusts to China’s List of Calamities

Mark Magnier at the Los Angeles Times reports on an infestation of locusts that is threatening the Olympics, set to open in just over a month:

Locusts? What is going on here? The litany of near-biblical woes would seem to lack only a famine, frogs and smiting of the first born.

The Middle Kingdom’s parade of problems has threatened to put a major damper on China’s anticipated moment of glory less than five weeks before the start of the 2008 Beijing Games.

“This sure has been a weird year,” said Ma Zhijie, 20, who works in a coffee shop. “There are so many disasters, it’s hard to know what’s happening.”

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