Two billion rats have run away from their flooded homes in central China. As they move across the land they have been destroying crops.
The rats have spread out across 20 counties in central Hunan Province, gnawing on crops and roots as they search for new homes.
Locals have tried to stop the rats. One district says that residents there had killed 2.3 million rats alone.
"It's like the mopping up by enemy troops in wars. We have nothing left," said Yin Xinjin, 65.
The rat plague began on June 23 when floods lifted the water level on Dongting Lake. The rat holes on the islands were below the water, and so the rats ran away.
As well as destroying crops, the government is worried that the rats could be dangerous to the locals' health.
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