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Desert Locust situation update 12 December 2014

Swarms laying eggs on Red Sea coast in Sudan

During the first week of December, groups of adults and swarms were seen laying eggs on the Red Sea coast of Sudan near Port Sudan, Suakin and in the Tokar Delta. Groups of adults were also present along the central coastal plains between Port Sudan and Tokar and on the southern coastal plains near Aiterba and Karora, close to the border of Eritrea. Control operations treated 7,000 ha during the first week of the month, of which 6,200 ha were by air.

Ecological conditions remain favourable for breeding along the coastal plains in Sudan. Locust numbers will increase in the next two weeks as more hatching occurs and hoppers form groups and bands.

In Eritrea, the situation also remains critical and potentially dangerous. Survey and control operations continue on the central coast where infestations are primarily concentrated in unusually large areas of green vegetation on the Akbanazouf Plains north of Massawa. Infestations are also present on the northern coast between Mehimet and Karora, near the border of Sudan.

In Egypt, only a few showers have fallen on the Red Sea coast and in subcoastal areas of the southeast, adjacent to Sudan. Consequently, breeding is limited and only low numbers of locusts have been seen.

On the eastern side of the Red Sea, small-scale breeding is in progress on the coastal plains of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. A local swarm was seen laying eggs near Mecca in early December, and aerial and ground control operations have been initiated. The situation is less clear in Yemen where field operations are hampered by insecurity. Locust numbers are expected to increase in both countries during December as breeding continues.

Elsewhere, the situation remains calm.

Previous updates

Latest Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 434, November 2014)

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Previous Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 433, October 2014)

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