Desert Locust Storm Reach Delhi After Covering Gurugram Skies
on Saturday afternoon Huge swarms of crop-destroying locust areas of Gurugram; invading insects attacked farms and houses in Chhatarpur in south Delhi. Swarms of desert locusts had reached Gurugram on Saturday morning as residents posted multiple show massive clusters of the insects flying in the skies. Desert Locust Storm Reach Delhi.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has asked the national capital’s south and west districts’ administrations to remain on high alert, said, officials. According to an official who attended the meeting, the minister was informed that a small swarm of locusts has also reached the Asola Bhatti area in South Delhi. The Agriculture Department has been asked to issue a detailed advisory to all district magistrates and sub-divisional magistrates to deal with a possible locust attack in Delhi.
Rai also asked the Forest Department to play DJs, beat drums and dhols to repel the swarms of locusts, the official said. Rai has directed officials of the Agriculture Department to make field visits to areas close to Gurugram. Officials have said these insects are likely to spare the national capital for now and instead head towards Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana.
The swarms of locusts, spread across two kilometres, moved from west to east. They entered Gurugram around 11.30 am, said KL Gurjar of the Locust Warning Organisation, Ministry of Agriculture. Alarmed at the invasion of the locusts, which settled on trees, rooftops and plants, many residents of Gurugram shared videos from their areas.
At many places in Gurgaon, residents kept their windows closed to prevent the insects from entering homes. Four species of locusts are found in India- desert locust, migratory locust, Bombay locust and tree locust. The desert locust is considered the most destructive. It multiplies very rapidly and is capable of covering 150 kilometres in a day. This insect is a type of grasshopper and can eat more than its body weight. One square kilometre of locust swarm containing around 40 million locusts can in a day eat as much food as 35,000 people.
Experts say the growing danger of desert locusts is because of change in the climate. They say breeding of locusts is directly related to soil moisture and food availability.
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