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Desert Locust Emergency in Somalia - Update 02 | 17 January 2019

Desert Locust Emergency in Somalia - Update 02 | 17 January 2019
Jan 2020

The Desert Locust situation in Somalia remains critical. New generations are developing in northern Somalia districts of Lughaye, Zeylac, Burco, Buuhoodle and Laas Caanood (see map on page 3 below). Immature swarms have migrated south to Hirshabelle, Jubaland and South West states. The risk to both pasture and crops in 2020 (Gu and Deyr) remains high and critical given the ever expanding areas affected, continued hatching and formation of hoppers and swarms.

Recent government surveys in Somalia reveal that Locusts are at various stages of development with hoppers, immature as well as mature adults. Vast numbers of immature adults migrated south and are reported to have reached Hirshabelle, Jubaland and South West states. Most of these initial swarms have now moved to Kenya, but only after causing localized damage to crops and pasture in Somalia. According to Locust Watch, since November 2019, the situation in Somalia has changed from “Caution” to “Threat” as swarms move south.

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