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Decline of the 2019-2021 upsurge (23 Mar 2021)

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During this year's dry season in East Africa, Desert Locust swarms remained immature for several months longer than normal, a strategy they deploy to await rainfall to finish their maturation and lay eggs. Consequently, locust infestations are steadily declining in the region due to ongoing control operations and the absence of rains and further breeding. As no significant rains are forecasted in the coming weeks, this trend is expected to continue, which could lead to the collapse of the 2019-2021 upsurge.