Swarms of Locusts reached northern India
By Adnan Mahfuz
In India’s coronavirus crisis, locusts have once again become a cause for concern. About a month ago, locusts infested western and central India. This time locusts have reached North India in large numbers.
The sky of Gurugram adjacent to the capital Delhi is full of locusts. Their harassment has also increased in large areas of Haryana. The locals have become a kind of house prisoners by closing the doors and windows to survive from the locusts.
Locusts also attacked busy areas of Gurugram like MG Road, IFFCO Chowk, DLF Phase I-4, Village Chakkarpur, Sikandarpur, Sukhrali.
Rita Sharma, a resident of Beverly Park-2, told the media, “Around 11 am, swarms of locusts started flying. The windows and doors have to be closed immediately. We try to chase away the locusts by playing dishes of the houses.”
In the cyber hub area, where there are big buildings, locust infestation has also been seen on that day. Many people have taken pictures and videos from inside the house and posted them on social media.
A man named Sumit Das posted a video on Twitter. It can be seen that locusts are flying in flocks far above the ground. Another video posted by Prashant Kumar also shows locusts flying in droves on the roof of a house.
On the other hand, preparations have also started in Delhi, fearing that locusts may enter from neighboring states. Locusts have already been spotted on the Gurugram-Dwarka Expressway.
The Delhi Air Traffic Control has issued a warning to all airlines for this. A special surveillance team has also been formed to find out the movements of the locusts. However, air services are still normal in Delhi.