Mali + 2 more

Locusts in northern Mali: Situation Update 15 Jun 2005

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New information indicates that immature adults are present in northern Mali and there was an unconfirmed report from nomads of two mature swarms near the Algerian border moving southwards. Ground control operations continue in central Niger near Tanout against first and second instar hopper groups and small bands. Limited control continues against small late instar hopper bands in northeast Morocco near Oujda. No Desert Locusts were reported elsewhere in West and Northwest Africa. In Sudan, a few mature swarms started to lay eggs in northern Darfur, Sudan and there were reports of other swarms moving in the region. Regular and intensive survey efforts are required in the summer breeding areas in the Sahel of West Africa and Sudan during the coming months.