Insects ingested the city at 11:30 a.m. local time (2 p.m.), Atul Kapur, founder of a social enterprise that lives in Gurgaon, told CNN. After 15 minutes, thousands of locusts settled on the terraces and roofs of houses before being swallowed by strong winds.
The last time Kapoor saw a swarm in the city was at least 40 years ago, he said. As children we called them “tiddi” and [we] it would scare them with loud noises, “Kapur, 56, told CNN.
In neighboring New Delhi, the city’s Minister of Labor and Development, Gopal Rai, shared the tip on Twitter
, stating that all district judges in New Delhi are advised “to remain on high alert” as they step up efforts to combat the migrant pest.
It adds that staff will be deployed to help residents and villagers scatter the locusts – possibly by setting fire crackers, “creating a high decibel sound through drum beats [or] accessories, playing high-pitched music on the music system, ”the advisor wrote.
Look for food
This comes weeks after waves of desert locusts – strong millions and up to 7 kilometers long – crossed into the western Indian state of Rajasthan from neighboring Pakistan in early May. The swarms have since pushed into five different states in search of food.
The locusts flew to India from their breeding areas in Pakistan, said Om Prakash, a plant protection officer based in Rajasthan, from the Locada Warning Organization. earlier in June.
June 20th Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The United Nations said India should be on high alert over the next four weeks as “adult groups and swarms continue to appear along the Indo-Pakistani border, many of which have continued further east in several northern Indian states since the monsoon the rains have not yet arrived in Rajasthan, India. “
Due to its speed and ability, the desert grasshopper is one of the most destructive migrant pests to multiply rapidly.
Adult grasshoppers can fly up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) a day and eat their own body weight – equal to 2 grams – worth fresh vegetation during that period.
East Africa sees the worst epidemic to jump in decades,
after climate change and conflict helped cause a resurgence of the biblical pest. Pesticide spraying is the most effective way to kill locusts, but the coronavirus pandemic has slowed efforts to fight the epidemic on the African continent.