HEWS, Humanitarian Early Warning Service

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This update was published the 04 January 2015

Locust information have been extracted from FAO Locust Watch

Desert Locust outbreaks continue in Sudan and Eritrea

Related countries: Eritrea Saudi Arabia Sudan Yemen

Desert Locust outbreaks are in progress on the Red Sea coast in Sudan and Eritrea where control operations continue against ongoing breeding. In Sudan, ground and aerial control operations treated nearly 12,000 ha in December. Fledging will commence about mid-January and, thereafter, an increasing number of adult groups and swarms could form. If conditions remain favourable, there is a risk of another generation of breeding. In Eritrea, first-generation breeding continued on the Red Sea coast where more hopper bands formed as well as adult groups and a few swarms. A second generation of breeding commenced at the end of December that will cause locust numbers to increase further with new hopper bands in January and swarms forming by mid-February. Ground teams treated 4,000 ha in December. Breeding on a smaller scale is in progress on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Limited control operations were carried out near Mecca against a few small hopper bands. Locust numbers will increase in both countries during January as a result of breeding and further hatching. Hopper bands and a few small swarms could form in Saudi Arabia. Elsewhere, the situation remains calm.

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