After devastating the neighboring states, Locusts are going to attack the national capital. Officials said that the Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai asked the national capital’s south and west districts’ administrations to remain on high alert. They further said that the ministers are informed that a small swarm of locusts has also reached the Asola Bhatti area in South Delhi.
The Environment is trying to give advisory to all the districts to deal with the army of locust and in order to minimize their effect on crops. It has given the advisory to the related departments to play DJs, Drums and also make other arrangements to make loud sounds in order to deal with the locust attack in every possible manner.
It is also stated in the advisory to the agricultural department to make field visits to areas close to Gurgaon as earlier in the day, the skies over many parts of Gurgaon turned dark as swarms of locusts descended on the town. The locust army has entered Gurgaon around 11:30 am and is traveling from west to east. From here they are traveling to Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana.
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Indian states are fighting the swarms of locusts from May this year. They have first attacked Rajasthan followed by Punjab, Gujrat, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. The speed by which they are travelling the whole country is around 150km in a day. One square kilometer of locust swarm containing around 40 million locusts can in a day eat as much food as 35,000 people.
Residents of Gurugram have posted some photos and videos of the invading insects flying on social media. To combat them, come of them clanged kitchen utensils and played loud music.
The grasshoppers like short-horned insects are known to devour everything in their path, posing an unprecedented threat to the food supply and livelihood of millions of people. An adult locust can eat quantity equal to its weight daily, and just a single square kilometer of the swarm can contain up to 80 million adults.
In the time of this pandemic, this locust problem can give rise to the food problem in the country, which will in turn accentuate the situation for India to fight the Coronavirus.