New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj district has become the latest victim to the attack of locust swarms on the fields blossomed with vegetation and the residential areas as well which began on Tuesday night and continued through Wednesday. However, no major loss of crop has been reported.

According to local media reports, villages, such as Dharwara, Madeni Singh ka Pura, Tala, Hathsara and Lohandi have been affected by the locust swarms in Prayagraj districts. The Locusts reportedly entered Prayagraj from Mirzapur district, and prior to that the swarms were spotted in Singrauli and Sonbhadra districts on Monday and Tuesday.

Following the Locust attack, the local administration rushed into action and specific anti-Locust chemicals were sprayed to shoo the Locusts away. The Locals also sprung out in the open with loud utensil noises and even loudspeakers dispensing out loud music.

The videos of the Locust attack have surfaced online. Media reports have suggested that the swarm is around three km wide and one-kilometre long:

Block Development Officer (BDO) of the area, Rama Shankar, told media, "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."

The administration said that it was anticipating such a Locust attack for past couple of weeks, and had readied the locals for such a situation.

"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," Chief Development Officer (Prayagraj) Ashish Kumar was quoted as saying.

A fresh wave of locust swarms from Africa are likely to infest India in coming days when the crop planting is in full swing, Economic Times reported.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta