Locusts are small insects that can fly up to 150 km in one day. Locust swarms continue to enter India from across the border from Pakistan. The latest swarms have been observed in Nokha and Deshonk. In Bikaner and Jaisalmer continue to receive swarms of small proportions. Experts say that there has been a widespread breading of locusts in East African countries and in Pakistan, and these swarms are expected to hit India by the end of June. Sources believe that these locust swarms are going to be larger than before. Residents of Gurgaon were told to make loud noises with pots, pans, or drums to try to drive the locust away. Pilots flying into and out of Delhi's international airport, which borders Gurgaon have been told to take extra care. The swarms moved East to West. They entered Gurugram at
11:30 a.m. A single swarm contains up to 40-80 million adults in one square km. The locusts which entered India were about 10-12 days old and were flying long distances in search of food. Locusts are normally seen in India between July and October and mostly as solitary insects or in small isolated groups. There being spotted along the
India-Pakistan border before mid - April this time. At a time India is battling coronavirus pandemic locusts present a new worry with their potential for exceptional growth and crop destruction. Standing crops and vegetables in Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh face a major threat as swarms of locust have been reported a month in advance. There is an alert for Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Delhi as well. I hope that locusts go away from India soon.
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