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Desert Locust situation update 2 August 2018

Good rains in summer breeding areas

The Desert Locust situation continues to remain calm in all countries.

Only isolated solitarious adults are currently present in central and eastern Algeria, southern Mauritania, Sudan and along the Indo-Pakistan border. Good rains fell during July in the summer breeding areas of the northern Sahel from Mauritania to western Eritrea and along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border, causing ecological conditions to become favourable for breeding.

However, current locust numbers are extremely low due to very poor breeding during the past spring and winter. It will take several months of good rains and at least two generations of breeding before locust numbers are likely to increase significantly. Nevertheless, regular surveys should be undertaken in all summer breeding areas to closely monitor the evolution of the situation.

In the Central Region, there remains a possibility of breeding in southern and eastern Yemen, southern Oman, and eastern Saudi Arabia where unusually heavy rains from Cyclone Mekunu fell in May. There is a slight possibility of breeding in northern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia in areas that received heavy rains from Cyclone Sagar in May. Regular monitoring should be maintained in all areas for the next few months.

Previous updates

Latest Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 478, July 2018)

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Previous Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 477, June 2018)

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