Locusts enter few border areas of Delhi, leave towards Haryana

Locusts enter few border areas of Delhi, leave towards Haryana

LWO Deputy Director KL Gurjar said locusts are now flying over Gurugram and the southern border areas of Delhi.

India has been faced by a locust menace.

"The locusts keep flying during day time and settle down only after dark in the evening", said the statement.

In neighboring New Delhi, the city's Labor and Development Minister, Gopal Rai, shared an advisory on Twitter, stating that all district magistrates in New Delhi are advised "to remain on high alert" as they scale up efforts to contain the migratory pest.

In many places where locusts were spotted, locals reportedly beat "thalis" (plates) and other utensils and bursted crackers in a bid to ward off the insects away while local administration deployed tractor-mounted spray facilities. It further instructed people to stay indoors and cover their outdoor plants with plastic sheets.

Congress leaders in Haryana have accused the BJP-JJP government of failing to tackle locust attacks, which they have said has resulted in a crop loss. Residents were asked to gather together in the event of a locust attack to make loud noises by beating tin cans and clanking steel plates in an advisory issued in the district. It said authorities of the neighbouring districts - Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Mirzapur, Sultanpur, Mau and Ballia - have been asked to remain alert.

Some reports said the swarms were spread over 3 kilometer.

Though there's a possibility that the insects may head towards Delhi, deputy director of the Centre's Locust Warning Organisation, KL Gurjar, said that the wind direction was not favourable for the locusts to move to the National Capital, reported The Indian Express. "Pilots of all airlines have been warned about the locust has seen near the airport, we have set up a team to monitor in view of the locust", a senior ATC official said.

Gurugram district administration is assessing the damage due to the locust attack.

"A swarm of locusts has reached Mahendragarh district and is expected to reach Rewari border", the administration said. Another swarm moved towards Dwarka in Delhi, from there to Daulatabad, Gurugram, Faridabad, and this swarm has also entered Uttar Pradesh. The busy MG Road and IFFCO Chowk areas of Gurgaon, including many plush residential complexes, have been covered with locust swarms.

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