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Desert Locust Overview - 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997

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  • 5 December. Breeding and control continue in Sudan interior
  • 5 November. Late summer breeding in Sudan
  • 20 October. Locust Alert! Red Sea rainfall
  • 6 October. Bands form in Yemen while locusts decline elsewhere
  • 9 September. Breeding in Yemen; floo Sudan and Yemen
  • 4 September. Small scale summer breeding; floods in Yemen
  • 26 August. Numbers increase in Yemen interior; elsewhere calm
  • 12 August. Small scale summer breeding in progress
  • 5 August. Small scale breeding likely in a few places; situation calm
  • 10 July. Small scale breeding probably in progress along Indo-Pakistan border
  • 3 July. Locusts arrive along Indo-Pakistan border for summer breeding
  • 16 June. Spring breeding concludes
  • 1 June. Spring breeding has nearly finished in the Red Sea area and in SW Asia
  • 22 May. Spring breeding nearing the end as small swarms form
  • 5 May. Control operations resume on Red Sea plains
  • 17 April. Control operations wind down on Red Sea plains
  • 8 April. Large-scale control operations in Saudi Arabia
  • 13 March. Hopper bands on Red Sea coastal plains
  • 4 March. New infestations in northern Somalia
  • 19 February. Vegetation is starting to dry out on Red Sea plains but operations continue
  • 13 February. Control operations are declining on the Red Sea coastal plains
  • 4 February. Swarms continue to appear on the Red Sea coastal plains
  • 27 January. Swarms still moving across Red Sea and laying eggs
  • 6 January. Saudi Arabia invaded by swarms from Sudan and Eritrea


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affected countries and donors informed of expected developments.

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