Haryana issues alert after swarms of locusts enter Rewari, Gurgaon districts

A resident tries to fend off swarms of locusts from a mango tree

A resident tries to fend off swarms of locusts from a mango tree

An advisory issued by the Delhi development commissioner said that residents can distract the locusts by making high-decibel sound through beating of drums, utensils; playing high-volume music, bursting crackers, and burning neem leaves. But a small part of it entered Delhi border in Jasola Bhatti area.

The city administration of Gurugram on Friday evening asked its residents to keep their windows shut and make clanging noises to ward off the insects. Ground control teams are constantly tracking them and will undertake major control operations once they settle down, it said, adding the control teams in Uttar Pradesh have been alerted in this regard.

"After the emergency meeting, an advisory will be issued on steps to be taken to deal with the situation", Rai told PTI. Sharma said that some chemicals like Melathian 96%, Chrolo Pyrifass 50% and Fibronil will be sprayed using machined mounted on tractors to stop the locusts from destroying crops in the area.

In the videos shared by new agency ANI the locusts can be seen hovering over the Gurugram-Dwarka Expressway.

However, the Union Agriculture Ministry's Locust Warning Organisation said the wind conditions are not favourable for the fast-spreading swarms to hit the Capital, according to The Indian Express.

Some reports said the swarms were spread over 3 kilometer. "Personal Protection Equipment kits may be used while spraying for safety".

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"Two groups had entered the city from Jhajjar [district]", said Atmaram Godara, deputy director of Agriculture in Gurugram.

Officials said when locusts entered Rewari district, they settled on trees and standing crops like cotton and bajra, which had been recently planted.

"All the District Magistrates are advised to remain on high alert and to coordinate with the district Fire Department personnel to make arrangements for the spray of prescribed pesticides/insecticides in the following proportion", reads one of the points of the advisory. The pests, he said, were headed towards Palwal in Haryana.

Morning visuals from Gurugram showed locusts flying.

A month ago too Haryana had issued a high alert after locust swarm had attacked crops in neighbouring Rajasthan and a few other states, but luckily the insects had moved away from the state. The Agricultural Department has also alerted its employees to spread awareness about the locust attack.

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