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Locust Attack in India: Locust Swarms “Headed” for Delhi, UP Prepares for Second Attack | India News


NEW DELHI: a swarm of desert locusts the Jaipur infested on Monday morning could head towards the capital if the wind speed is favorable. Delhi has been vigilant as such swarms are currently active in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, which is the most affected state.
Desert locusts are normally seen in western Rajasthan and Gujarat from June to November, but were first seen by the Union Ministry of Agriculture Locust Warning Organization (LWO) in April. What’s more concerning is that they are generally solitary or in small groups, which means that the current swarm is unusual.
Entomologists said that despite being an urban environment, the impact in Delhi could be severe as 22% of its area is covered in green, which can provide feeding material for locusts. LWO Deputy Director K L Gurjar said on Monday: “Lobsters may move to Delhi in the coming days if the wind speed and direction are favorable. Starting today, the speed of the wind moved them north. ”
IMD has been asked to monitor weather conditions to help the agriculture ministry predict where the lobsters will be heading. Kuldeep Srivastava, a scientist at IMD and head of the Regional Weather Forecast Center in Delhi, said: “The wind direction is favorable at the moment, largely to the north-west.” Mohammad Faisal, an entomologist at the Yamuna Biodiversity Park, said the capital could suffer greatly, even if it had very little agricultural area. “The swarm, after surviving the winter in the desert, moved due to lack of food. Jaipur has many green spaces, including parks, which provides them with food material, “he added.
“Delhi’s green areas can be severely affected. A very small locust swarm of one square kilometer can eat the same amount of food in one day as some 35,000 people,” said Faisal, adding that in the past they were known to affect water supply and rail lines. After his attack, railroad tracks become slippery and need to be cleaned. They are also known to clog wells. Faisal said: “A single lobster can lay up to 500 eggs. We need to board not only the swarm, but also their breeding grounds. ”Sohail Madan of the Bombay Natural History Society said the swarm could affect not only gardens and vegetation, but also other insects that relied on the plants themselves to survive. According to experts, the lukewarm can be made up of 150 million lobsters per square kilometer carried by the wind up to 150 km per day.
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