Addis Ababa saw a swarm of locusts on Wednesday, May 14th 2014. According to reports, the swarm originated from breeding earlier this year on the northwest coast of Somalia where numerous small swarms started to form in early March.
As vegetation dried out, the insects moved up the escarpment, crossed the Somali plateau near Hargeisa, and continued to the Jigjiga area in eastern Ethiopia. Ground and aerial control operations were launched immediately in Ethiopia but swarms continued to arrive during April. The swarms then spread to Dire Dawa, the Awash Valley and, by the end of the April, eventually were observed in Addis Ababa this week. The Ministry of Agriculture has reportedly begun spraying chemicals in the affected areas ahead of the country’s cropping season. So far the locusts have not caused any damage.