Locust swarms have been wreaking havoc on Indian farmlands. Given the destruction caused by these crop hungry grasshoppers, several states in the northern part of the country have been put under high alert. After destroying croplands in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, these flying predators are on the way to Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.
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According to News18, Prayagraj has become the latest victim of locusts attack. Several visuals shared online show swarms of locusts invading villages in the Koraon and Meja areas. Sources reveal that the swarm is around three km wide and one-kilometre long.
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Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India, under huge locust swarm attack .. locals make frenzied efforts to ward off the voracious vermintide. pic.twitter.com/Yn1fRkOv2w
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Locust attack in Prayagraj pic.twitter.com/OrJRdpst8S
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However, the authorities were quick to sense a threat and started spraying chemicals across the fields. Reports indicate that the insects arrived in Prayagraj from the Mirzapur district. Rama Shankar, Block Development Officer (BDO) of the area said:
“We pressed three fire tenders into service and have roped in additional vehicles, courtesy local residents, to spray chemicals in fields. Most of the locusts have flown away.”
These short-horned grasshoppers have passed through farmlands in villages like Dharwara, Tala, Hathsara and Lohandi among others.
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Chief Development Officer (Prayagraj) Ashish Kumar said, “District officials, village heads and block-level teams had been trained and briefed about what they had to do in case of a probable attack by locusts.”
“As no major crops have yet been planted, no major damage has been reported barring a few patches of vegetable crops.”
“We are keeping a watch on the situation and have a buffer stock of chemicals. All neighbouring districts have also been alerted.”