A desert locust outbreak in Saudi Arabia has evolved into a “serious threat” along the south-west coast between Makkah and Jazan, the kingdom’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has said.
The ministry’s field exploration and control teams surveyed 171,770 hectares during the second half of December and wiped out locusts from 17,296 hectares in various regions of Makkah, Al-Baha, Asir, Jazan, Riyadh, Qassim and Hail, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The issue is expected to worsen during the winter season, with further swarms expected to continue to migrate to the country from Sudan and Yemen.
The ministry stressed that the general situation required monitoring and intensive exploration and control throughout the key winter reproduction areas.
It also urged citizens and residents to immediately notify authorities if they observe locust swarms to help eliminate the insects.
The kingdom also faced locust outbreaks intermittently last year.