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This update was published the 01 August 2014

Locust information have been extracted from FAO Locust Watch

Small-scale summer breeding expected during August

Related countries: Eritrea Ethiopia India Mauritania Pakistan Saudi Arabia Sudan Yemen

The Desert Locust situation is currently calm. Good rains have fallen in the summer breeding areas of the Sahel in West Africa and Sudan, and monsoon rains commenced along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border. In the Central Region, locust infestations declined in the spring breeding areas in the interior of Saudi Arabia due to control operations and drying conditions. A few small adult groups and swarms moved southwest into the Asir Mountains in July and some continued to Yemen where they are likely to mature and lay eggs in the interior. A few small swarms could reach northern Sudan where scattered adults are already present. Remnants of swarms were reported in the northern highlands of Ethiopia in July. In Southwest Asia, scattered adults appeared in the summer breeding areas of Pakistan along the border of India. During August, small-scale breeding will occur in areas of recent rainfall in the northern Sahel between Mauritania and western Eritrea, along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border and, perhaps, in the interior of Yemen, causing locust numbers to increase slightly.

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