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The Commission for Controlling
the Desert Locust in the Central Region
The Commission for Controlling
the Desert Locust in the Central Region

Desert Locust situation update

DL Situation
Desert Locust Bulletin, No 464, May 2017
The Desert Locust situation continues to remain calm. Preventive control measures were undertaken recently against a few small hopper groups south of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria. In Southwest Asia, low numbers of adults and local breeding were reported in southeast Iran.

During May, unusually heavy rains fell in some Red Sea coastal areas at a time when rain normally does not occur. The rains may be particularly important in Saudi Arabia (Qunfidah–Jizan), Yemen and Eritrea where follow up surveys should be conducted to monitor the situation. Good rains also fell in the interior of Yemen where small-scale breeding may occur during the summer, and on the Somali plateau in northern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia.

Early rains fell in parts of the summer breeding areas in Mali and Niger as well as along the Indo-Pakistan border. Small-scale breeding will cause locust numbers to increase slightly in the summer breeding areas of the northern Sahel between Mauritania and western Eritrea once the seasonal rains commence. A similar situation will occur along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border where the monsoon is predicted to reach Rajasthan, India by the end of June and Cholistan, Pakistan by mid-July.

DLIS - 02, Jun 2017