13 Apr '11, 9am

Caterpillars swarm Indonesia's Bali

Caterpillars swarm Indonesia's Bali

DENPASAR, Indonesia - Swarms of caterpillars which can cause skin rashes have invaded the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, an official said Wednesday, but tourist areas have not been affected so far. The dark, wriggly insects were first sighted in a village on Friday and the swarms have since spread to six districts, including the provincial capital of Denpasar, Bali agricultural chief Made Putra Suryawan told AFP. "The situation is under control. Since Friday, workers have been spraying insecticide and burning garbage in affected areas to stop the spread," he said. "Tourists need not be alarmed. The caterpillars have not spread to tourist areas yet. The threat to tourists is minimal," he added. Thousands of caterpillars have reportedly descended on parts of neighbouring Java island in the last two weeks, attacking fruit farms and invading residential areas. Suryawan sai...

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