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Février 2007

Desert Locust control operations continue on Red Sea coast

FAO : situation mise à jour 16 février 2007

- Desert Locust control operations continue on Red Sea coast
FAO : situation mise à jour 16 février 2007

  • Ground control operations continue on the Red Sea coast in Ertirea where a Desert Locust outbreak developed in early December. Hoppers and adults are gregarizing and forming small groups between Massawa and the Sudanese border. The infestations extend across the border onto the coastal plains of Sudan near Karora where a few swarms have appeared and aerial control operations are in progress. During the past week, rain fell in the infested areas in both countries. Consequently, a second generation of breeding is underway that could give rise to small hopper bands and swarms in March. Adults may move north or south along the coast or cross the Red Sea to Yemen or Saudi Arabia. More rains could cause the situation to deteriorate further and a potentially dangerous situation may develop in the coming months.
  • FAO has alerted neighbouring countries who have increased the number of survey teams in the winter breeding areas along both sides of the Red Sea. So far, only small-scale breeding has been detected on the coast of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Elsewhere in the region, adults are forming small groups on the northwest coast of Somalia where conditions are unusually favourable for further breeding. A swarm was reported in this area but it could not be confirmed.
  • The situation remains calm in West and Northwest Africa and in Southwest Asia.

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Page publiée le 22 février 2007, mise à jour le 8 septembre 2007