HEWS, Humanitarian Early Warning Service

A Service of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee SWG on Preparedness

This update was published the 03 March 2015

Locust information have been extracted from FAO Locust Watch

Swarms form on Red Sea coast of Eritrea

Related countries: Algeria Eritrea Iran Morocco Pakistan Saudi Arabia Sudan Western Sahara

Desert Locust adults are forming numerous groups along the Red Sea coastal plains on both sides of the Sudan and Eritrea border where two generations of breeding occurred this winter. Numerous immature swarms formed further south on the central coastal plains of Eritrea and a few swarms moved inland towards the highlands. Control operations are in progress in both countries, including intensive aerial operations in Sudan. In the absence of further rains, winter breeding has nearly ended in Sudan and Eritrea. As vegetation dries out, adult groups and swarms are expected to move north along the coast into Sudan during March and then inland towards the Nile Valley in Northern and River Nile States. Small swarms may also move into the Highlands of Eritrea. Smaller-scale aerial and ground operations were conducted on the central Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia against hopper bands and adult groups in February. Locusts escaping detection or control are likely to move into the spring breeding areas of the interior in March and April. The locust situation remains calm elsewhere. During March, low numbers of adults are likely to appear in parts of the spring breeding areas in Northwest Africa and Southwest Asia. As temperatures warm up and if rain falls, small-scale breeding is likely to occur south of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria, in northern Western Sahara, and in coastal and interior areas of southeast Iran and southwest Pakistan.

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