Swarms of locusts reach Gurugram, residents share visuals

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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.

The locusts reportedly crossed Gurugram in around an hour and headed towards South Delhi.

Alarmed at the invasion of the locusts, which settled on trees, rooftops and plants, many residents of Gurugram shared videos from their high-rise perches.

With huge swarms of locusts descending on Gurugram and Faridabad in Haryana on Saturday (June 28), Deputy Director of Agriculture Department in Greater Noida S N Sharma on Sunday (June 28) issued advisory saying that the swarm of locusts could reach Noida from Gurugram and Faridabad.

Speaking about the measures taken by the Haryana government, he said, "We are fully on alert, our districts have been alerted".

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Officials from the agriculture and other departments were keeping a close watch while supervision teams had been formed to tackle the situation. Currently, Delhi airport is operational and all flight movements are as per schedule, an airport official said.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Ishwer Sigh, said that locusts entered around 3:40 pm and left Delhi by 5:10 pm as the Forest Department officials did not allow the locusts to settle down.

"Heavy insecticide spray was done during the night and early morning".

According to CNN, state officials are using tractor-mounted sprayers and 20 fire engines across 11 districts to spray water and pesticides. On Saturday, they went towards Jhajjar and entered Gurgaon district with insects covering the skyline in some parts of the "millennium city". "All arrangements have been made".

While one user hilariously questioned, "Are Locust tasty when cooked?" "It would move towards Faridabad and then enter Uttar Pradesh through Palwal", he said. Haryana's Jhazzar district also reported locust attacks. With today's incident it is clear that apart from the usual targets in states like Punjab and Rajasthan, the NCR region is also coming in the grip of the crop-destroying locusts. The district agriculture officer of Chitrkoot, Dharmendra Awasthi, said that swarms of locusts reached Aujhar, Sariya, Chibau, Naandi and other villages but the farmers were vigilant.

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