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10 May 1998 description

Impact on food security and needs for emergency response
Field Situation Report

04 Sep 1997 description

Numerous swarms of Migratory Locust continue to be present in the southern and south-western parts of Madagascar. Many of these were seen to be flying towards the south and west. Although control operations have been in progress for several months, the situation remains serious. During the last dekad of August, there were 62 sightings of swarms by survey and control teams and another six by other sources. Of these, 58 were Migratory Locust, three were Red Locust, and seven were mixed. The swarms varied from 1 to 400 ha in size.

16 May 1997 description


1. The UNDP/DHA Resident Coordinator in Antananarivo reports that the Government of Madagascar has launched an international appeal for assistance in the locust emergency in southern and southwestern Madagascar.

2. Outbreak of locusts has been observed since October 1996 and is now affecting over 2 million hectares of land. The Government estimates the total assistance requirements to be USD 3.5 million, approximately one quarter of which is available.

17 Apr 1997 description

A massive migratory locust outbreak in southwestern Madagascar may develop into a major plague unless control operations are expanded quickly, warns FAO's Locust Group. FAO has appealed to the donor community for funds totalling US$2 million to purchase the necessary pesticides, rent aircraft and equipment and cover the expenses of ground teams to contain the outbreak.