Locust Attack on Faridabad

Locust Attack on Faridabad

Locust Attack on Faridabad

Delhi's worldwide airport, which borders Gurugram - home to some of the world's top corporations - has asked pilots to take extra precautions during takeoff and landing due to the locusts, Reuters partner ANI reported. 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.

Earlier in January, locusts were spotted in some villages in Punjab's Fazilka and Muktsar districts but were effectively contained then.

The advisory was issued after Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai chaired an emergency meeting of senior officials, where he was informed that swarms have also reached the Asola Bhatti area in South Delhi. A team has been set up to monitor the situation.

New Delhi missed the swarm due to the direction of the wind, stated the Centre's Locust Warning Organization. "We will stay in touch with officials of the central government, so that if there is any change of the movement of locusts in Haryana we will stay updated", the Minister said. "Night spray of malathion or chlorpyrifos is useful [for dispersing them]", the advisory added.

Some reports said the swarms were spread over 3 kilometer.

About Rewari district, he said 15 fire tenders, besides several tractor-mounted spray facilities were pressed into service during a night-long operation, which was carried out and personally monitored by Deputy Commissioner Yashendra Singh.

Talking to the media in Rewari, he said Mahendragarh, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Rewari districts had been alerted on Friday itself.

The swarms of locusts, spread across two kilometres, moved from west to east.

The pests, he said, were headed towards Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana.

While one user hilariously questioned, "Are Locust tasty when cooked?" The locusts keep flying during day time and settle down only after dark in the evening.

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. Haryana's Jhazzar district also reported locust attacks. "We immediately closed the windows and doors, and the society administration started bellowing hooters installed on buildings to drive away the insects", says Rita Sharma, a resident of Beverly Park 2 at MG Road in Gurugram.

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