Make Noise, Shut Windows: Gurgaon Administration Warns Of Locust Attack

Bang utensils play loud music burst firecrackers Delhi issues advisory to fight locust swarms

A swarm of locusts flies over DLF area in Gurugram on Saturday. | PTI

The Gurugram administration has asked residents to make clanging noise by beating utensils to ward the locusts off.

"The situation is much more serious this year not only in Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan but in all the frontline countries in Africa, and the Arabian peninsula", Muhammad Tariq Khan, director of Pakistan's Department of Plant Protection, told the BBC. "Night spray of Melathion or Chloropyriphos is useful". "Personal Protection Equipment kits may be used while spraying for safety".

The development secretary, divisional commissioner, director, Agriculture department, and the district magistrates of South Delhi and West Delhi will attend the meeting, the official said.

He asked the officials of the Agriculture department to make field visits to areas close to Gurugram.

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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.

Gurugram CEO Sonal Goel shared videos of swarm of locusts over the city, asking farmers to take precautions to prevent damage to crops. The city administration asked people to keep their windows shut as a precautionary measure as a swarm was sighted at an adjoining district in Haryana. On Saturday, they went towards Jhajjar and entered Gurgaon district with insects covering the skyline in some parts of the "millennium city".

The pests, he said, were headed towards Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana. "The other group is heading from the direction of Kherki Daula toll plaza towards Delhi".

Delhi's global 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.

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After weeks, crop-destroying locusts are back in North India, this time to launch an attack on Gurugram, Haryana, just next to Delhi. "We immediately closed the windows and doors, and the society administration started bellowing hooters installed on buildings to drive away the insects", said Rita Sharma, a resident of Beverly Park 2 at MG Road in Gurugram.

The locusts descended upon the streets of Gurugram on Saturday, flying in a large, cloud-like mass and resting upon anything they pleased.

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

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