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Desert Locust situation update 31 March 2020

More swarms continue to form in Horn of Africa

The situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, specifically Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form, representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.

KENYA. More first-generation immature swarms form throughout northern and central counties and are maturing. Some will be ready to lay eggs from next week and continue to May. Further concentration expected in Marsabit and Turkana. Aerial and ground control operations continue.

ETHIOPIA. Hopper bands in Oromiya and SNNPR regions, including the Rift Valley, and increasing number of new generation of immature swarms that are maturing. Aerial and ground control operations continue.

SOMALIA. Breeding continues in central areas.

SOUTH SUDAN. A few mature swarms from the south appeared in the southeast near Torit.

DJIBOUTI. Hopper bands and immature swarms on the coast between Tadjourah and Obock.

YEMEN. More hopper bands and immature adult groups on southern coast near Aden.

IRAN. Hopper groups forming on southern coast. More hatching expected in southern Khuzestan, Busherh, southern Fars. Immature adult groups and small swarms will start forming shortly but should stay in place to mature and breed again in May. Ground control operations continue.

The situation is under control in the following countries:

ERITREA. Control operations against hopper and adult groups on central coast.

OMAN. Control operations against hopper groups on north coast and interior with new hatching on coast.

IRAQ. Control operations continue against mature swarms in the southeast.

PAKISTAN. More hopper groups form from Baluchistan breeding and immature adults start to form groups. Group of adults laying in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Hopper groups in Dera Bugti district (north of Sukkur). Control operations underway.

Previous updates

Latest Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 497, February 2020)

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Previous Desert Locust Bulletin (No. 496, January 2020)

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