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Ethiopia | Desert locust situation report (August 2020)

Ethiopia | Desert locust situation report (August 2020)
Aug 2020

Key messages: 

  • Since the beginning of August, mature swarms crossed from Yemen, reaching Afar (Afambo, Elidare, Mile, Adar, Chifra and Awar). FAO has repositioned two planes in Afar to intensify control operations
  • Active movement of immature DL swarms between Somalia and eastern Ethiopia
  • Continuous ground and aerial survey carried out in Afar, SNNP, Somali, Amhara, Oromia and Tigray regions
  • Active aerial controll operation continues in Afar, eastern parts of Somali and Oromia
  • The situation in SNNPR is calm. A DLIS alert is preparing for residual swarms from Kenya that may find there way northward
  • The situation in Yemen remains suitable for desert locust swarming, which is a threat to northeast Ethiopia: the Ministry of Agriculture is on high-alert for the whole of July 2020 and beyond
  • The condusive climatic conditions (above-average rainfall) (above-average rainfall) and the massive presence of DL in Yemen lead to forecast an increase of DL presence from September 2020 onward

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