In Ethiopia, no new swarms have arrived
from northern Somalia since 10 June but there are about a dozen swarms
reported in the country. Many of the swarms split into smaller swarmlets
and groups that have moved into the Somali region (Shinile and Jijiga zones),
Dire Dawa, Oromiya (E. and W. Haraghe zones), Harari, and the central Rift
Valley in Afar (zones 3 and 5). A small swarm moved into the northern highlands
(North Wello) on 9 June and reached southern Tigray on the 12th. Small
groups of adults also arrived in southern Gondar zone in Amhara region
on the 14th. Control operations are nearly impossible because the immature
swarms are very mobile and difficult to follow in the rugged and inaccessible
terrain. Some damage occurred on irrigated cotton crops in the Afar region.
The situation in northern Somalia and
in Yemen remains unclear due to a lack of surveys. Ground surveys resumed
today in northern Somalia to check areas on the plateau and escarpment
where immature swarms have been reported between Boroma and Erigavo.
There remains a high risk that a few
small swarms from northern Ethiopia could reach the summer breeding areas
of western Eritrea and central Sudan while other swarms from northern Somalia
could cross the Gulf of Aden and move along the eastern coast of the Arabian
Peninsula and cross the Arabian Sea to the summer breeding areas along
the Indo-Pakistan border. National locust teams are on alert and have been
mobilized in Eritrea, Sudan, Oman, Pakistan and India. So far, no swarms
have been reported in these countries.