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Desert Locust situation update 3 January 2018

Calm situation due to poor rainfall in winter breeding areas

The Desert Locust situation continues to remain calm in all countries. As very little rain has occurred in the past month, ecological conditions are dry in most places except in parts of the winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea and in a few places of northwest and northern Mauritania. So far, localized breeding has only been detected in one place on the Sudanese coast and in another place in northwest Mauritania. Low numbers of solitarious adults were present in both places. Elsewhere, locust numbers declined in Chad last month.

During January, small-scale breeding is expected to occur primarily on the Red Sea coast in Sudan as well as in areas that receive rainfall along both sides of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. Unless further rains fall, breeding will be limited and locust numbers will remain low. No significant development are likely.

Previous updates

Latest Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 471, December 2017)

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Previous Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 470, November 2017)

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