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Desert Locust situation update 1 September 2017

Situation calm as good rains continue in summer breeding areas

The current Desert Locust situation remains calm in Africa, the Near East and southwest Asia.

Despite good rainfall and favourable breeding conditions, only low numbers of solitarious locusts are currently present in the summer breeding areas of the northern Sahel in West Africa and Sudan, in the interior of Yemen and along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border.

Nevertheless, locust numbers are expected to increase slightly during September as breeding continues from Mauritania to Sudan, in the interior of Yemen and, to a lesser extent, in western India and adjacent border areas of Pakistan. Once vegetation starts to dry out at the end of the summer, locusts may concentrate and perhaps form a few very small groups in some places.

Regular surveys should be conducted in all areas wherever possible.

Previous updates

Latest Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 467, August 2017)

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Previous Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 466, July 2017)

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