India has been faced by a locust menace.
In an advisory, issued by the Delhi development commissioner, residents were told to distract the locusts by beating drums and utensils, bursting firecrackers, playing music on high volume and burning neem leaves.
The advisory also mentions keeping doors and windows closed, covering outdoor plants with plastic sheets among other measures. The locusts keep flying during day time and settle down only after dark in the evening.
The locusts descended upon the streets of Gurugram on Saturday, flying in a large, cloud-like mass and resting upon anything they pleased.
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Residents of Gurugram were surprised due to the sudden swarm of locusts around 11 am. It said authorities of the neighbouring districts - Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Mirzapur, Sultanpur, Mau and Ballia - have been asked to remain alert.
Last month, Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora had directed the Agriculture department and district administrations to take all necessary precautions in advance to tackle any potential attack of locust swarms in the state. Deoria District Magistrate Amit Kishor said a swarm spotted in the district has moved to Kushinagar.
"This is a small swarm that has come to Delhi, but we are monitoring the situation". "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 said. "We will stay in touch with officials of the central government, so that if there is any change of the movement of locusts in Haryana we will stay updated", the Minister said.
Kaushal said that according to the inputs he had received from the central government, "it is likely that from the wind velocity and direction, it (locust swarm) will cross Palwal district and may then head towards Uttar Pradesh". Another swarm moved towards Dwarka in Delhi, from there to Daulatabad, Gurugram, Faridabad, and this swarm has also entered Uttar Pradesh.
There is no natural crisis serious enough for netizens and the swarms of desert locusts reaching Delhi outskirts after Gurugram is no different.