'Cover plants with plastic sheets, clang drums and utensils': Govt issues advisory as swarms of locusts reach Delhi
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With swarms of locusts wreaking havoc in neighbouring Gurugaon, the Delhi government on Saturday issued an advisory to contain and control the menace of desert locusts in the national capital.
In its advisory, the Delhi government asked the people in the national capital to keep their windows closed and cover plants at home with plastic sheets. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government also asked people to apply household insecticides like melathion or chloropyriphos at night since locusts don't fly after sundown.
"District Magistrates are advised to deploy adequate staff to make all possible arrangement for guiding people to distract locusts by making high decibel sound through beating of drums and utensils, playing high volume music on DJs, burning firecrackers and neem leaves," the Delhi government said in its advisory.
The Delhi government also held a meeting about the locusts' attack, asking the city-state's south and west districts' administrations to remain on high alert. The meeting was called by Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.
In his meeting, Rai also asked the officials of the Agriculture Department to make field visits to areas close to Gurgaon and to assess the situation.
Looking at the situation, the Delhi Air Traffic Control (ATC) also directed pilots of all airlines to take necessary precautions during landing and take-off of aircraft in view of locust swarms seen near the airport in areas along Gurugram-Dwarka Expressway.
"Pilots of all airlines have been warned about the locust has seen near the airport, we have set up a team to monitor in view of the locust," a senior ATC official told news agency ANI.
Swarms of locusts on Saturday entered Gurugram, wreaking havoc in the city. The skies of Gurugram also turned dark in many place because of the large number of locusts, creating panic among people.
KL Gurjar of the Locust Warning Organisation, the Ministry of Agriculture, told news agency PTI that the swarms of locusts, spread across two kilometres, moved from west to east and entered Gurgaon around 11.30 am.
Alarmed by the situation, several people took to social media to share the pictures and videos of the locusts' attack.
In May, India battled a devastating desert locust outbreak. The crop-destroying swarms first attacked Rajasthan and then spread to Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
According to experts, broadly four species of locusts are found in India -- desert locust, migratory locust, Bombay locust and tree locust. The desert locust is considered the most destructive. It multiplies very rapidly and is capable of covering 150 kilometers in a day.
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