FAO :: Locust Watch :: Information :: Current upsurge
Current upsurge (2019–2020)
This page presents an overview of current Desert Locust upsurge and recent photos and videos.

- cyclones in May and October brought heavy rains that gave rise to favourable breeding conditions in the Empty Quarter of the southern Arabian Peninsula for at least nine months (June 2018 to March 2019), allowing three generations of breeding that was undetected and not controlled.

- January: the first swarms left the Empty Quarter to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, reaching southwest Iran where heavy rains fell.
- February to June: widespread spring breeding in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran caused large numbers of swarms to form. Control operations were less successful in Iran and Yemen.
- June to December: swarms invade the Indo-Pakistan border from Iran and up to three generations occur due to longer than normal monsoon, giving rise to large numbers of swarms; In Yemen, swarms form and move to N Somalia and Ethiopia where breeding occurs and more swarms form.
- October to December: Swarms move from Ethiopia and N Somalia to Eritrea, Djibouti, E Ethiopia, the Ogaden, C and S Somalia to reach NE Kenya; hopper bands and swarms form along parts of the Red Sea coastal plains in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea and Sudan.

Upsurge overview (click for larger view)


Warning (18/10/19)

Warning (28/10/19)

Somalia (17/12/19)


Videos (mpg)