HEWS, Humanitarian Early Warning Service

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This update was published the 02 February 2015

Locust information have been extracted from FAO Locust Watch

Second generation breeding on the Red Sea coast

Related countries: Eritrea Saudi Arabia Sudan Yemen

Desert Locust infestations increased during January along both sides of the Red Sea as a result of a second generation of winter breeding. Control operations intensified against numerous small hopper bands that formed in Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia. Although there were signs the situation was improving in Sudan due to control operations and drying vegetation, significant infestations remain in Eritrea where vegetation is usually green and more hopper bands, groups of adults and perhaps a few small swarms are expected to form in February. Once vegetation starts to dry out, there is an increased risk that those locusts which escape detection or control could form adult groups and a few small swarms and eventually move to the Eritrean Highlands and the interior of northern Sudan and Saudi Arabia. If locusts reach the interior of Saudi Arabia and the Nile Valley in northern Sudan, breeding could commence in March. Elsewhere, low numbers of adults were present on the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastal plains in Yemen. The situation remains calm in West and Northwest Africa and in Southwest Asia.

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