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Last Updated: Monday August 22 2005 11:57 GMT

Caterpillar invasion causes chaos

A legion of tiny terrors is causing havoc in Georgia.

Caterpillars have clogged up the countryside in the nation and the government is doing everything it can to get rid of them.

People in the western town of Zugdidi say the caterpillars are everywhere. "We even cannot drink the water as the water is full of them," said one.

Farmland has been wrecked by the creatures and the bill for the damage is expected to hit $100,000 (55,000).

The caterpillars are of so-called American butterflies. They were imported accidentally from Russia to Georgia two years ago.

Residents are also suffering from the effects of the smoke coming from equipment sent to try to clear the problem.

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