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20 Jan 2020 description

Large and numerous swarms continue to threaten the Horn of Africa

20 Jan 2020 description

Desert Locust swarms in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential - could swell exponentially and spill over into more countries in East Africa if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not massively scaled up across the region, FAO warned today.

20 Jan 2020 description

Despite control efforts, Desert Locusts are spreading to new areas of Ethiopia in vast numbers. According to Government data provided on 07 January 2020, Desert Locusts has have infested more than 2 350 km2 of land across the Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Tigray, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNP) regional states, as well as in Dire Dawa city. The insects have spread to around 125 Woredas (districts) – up from 56 in October 2019.

20 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall continued in December 2019 and January 2020 in several locations across East Africa, bringing the number of people affected by flooding since July 2019 to nearly 3.4 million. In Uganda, torrential rains in December affected at least 312,000 people, displacing around 65,000, and leaving a trail of destruction, including damaged homes, infrastructure, agriculture and livelihoods. In Burundi, heavy rains in the last week of December in the Buterere area damaged more than 470 houses and displaced over 3,700 people, increasing the number of people affected to over 12,000.

18 Jan 2020 description

High food prices and flood-induced crop losses constrain food availability and access in late 2019

Key Messages:

17 Jan 2020 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Heavy rains and flash flooding, exacerbated by Tropical Cyclone Pawan, generate additional humanitarian needs among populations in Somalia

• USAID partner organizations respond to flood-related humanitarian needs

• Largest desert locust outbreak in 25 years damages crops and pasture across Somalia

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

17 Jan 2020 description
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The Conversation Esther Ndumi Ngumbi, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology; African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

17 Jan 2020 description

Desert locust swarms reach Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti, as flooding continues in Zambia and Angola

  1. Over the past two weeks flash floods have been reported in Luanda, Uige, and Cabinda provinces of Angola.

  2. Increasing numbers of desert locust swarms are moving across eastern Africa from Ethiopia into Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia during December could give rise to additional locust breeding in the coming months.

16 Jan 2020 description

Jan. 15, 2019 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): A serious and widespread Desert Locust outbreak is destroying crops and pasture across eastern Ethiopia and neighbouring areas of Somalia, parts of Sudan, Eritrea and northern Kenya with a high risk of further spread in the absence of immediate and significant scale up in control activities. There is a risk that some swarms could appear in northeast Uganda, southeast South Sudan and southwest Ethiopia.

14 Jan 2020 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HNO shows most families with severe or extreme needs live in southern, central and southwest regions

  • HC highlights need to focus on triple nexus – humanitarian/development/peac e – to achieve sustainable progress

  • FAO reports that an estimated 70,000 hectares of land have been infested by hoppers and breeding adult locusts

  • New Somalia Protection Monitoring System online portal to inform protection sensitive programming

14 Jan 2020 description

Numerous and very large swarms pose an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in Horn of Africa

13 Jan 2020 description
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HIGHLIGHTS (13 Jan 2020)

  • HNO shows most families with severe or extreme needs live in southern, central and southwest regions

  • HC highlights need to focus on triple nexus - humanitarian/development/peace - to achieve sustainable progress

  • FAO reports that an estimated 70,000 hectares of land have been infested by hoppers and breeding adult locusts

  • New Somalia Protection Monitoring System online portal to inform protection sensitive programming

13 Jan 2020 description

There was a significant reduction of rainfall and flooding activities in areas around River Shabelle and River Juba, as well as in many districts of Bay and Bakool regions. In Puntland, Somaliland and Central regions, there has been an improvement in terms of flooding, with no further risk of flash floods. Overall, larger parts of the country have remained dry since the end of December 2019.

13 Jan 2020 description

Ena January 10/ 2019 Aerial spraying of pesticide is underway in Bale Zone of Oromia Regional State where a swarm of locust have been attacking crops.

According to Bale Zone Agriculture and Natural Resources Bureau Crop Protection Coordinator Dame Hunde swarms of desert locust have invaded different parts of the zone.

Aerial spraying of pesticide has, therefore, been underway since the beginning of this week in addition to maximum efforts exerted by humans.

Some 500 liters of pesticide has so far been sprayed to wipe out the swarms, according to the coordinator.

09 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Madagascar

  1. Continued rainfall over southern Kenya and surrounds may maintain flooding .

  2. Desert Locust swarms are increasing and moving into Djibouti, Sudan, and Eritrea, toward Somalia, and northern Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia could provide breeding conditions over the next several months.

  3. South Africa has observed a poor and below-average rainfall performance over the past 3 months and could remain dry through the end of January.