After COVID-19, it is the locust that has got the Delhi government worried. The state called an emergency meeting of development secretary, divisional commissioner, agriculture director and district magistrates on Saturday after swarms of locusts were reported from several areas in Gurugram.
Environment minister Gopal Rai was quoted by the media as saying that they will issue an advisory advisory to deal with the situation. As the locust attack happened, several residents took to social media to post videos of the city’s skies. Earlier the administration had issued a warning about the possibility of a swarm being on its way to the city and had asked residents to play loud music and beat utensils to repel the insects.
Locust attacks are being constantly reported from the country this year with Rajasthan and parts of Gujarat already being under attack earlier. An adult locust can consume daily food equal to its weight and a single square kilometre of the swarm can contain up to 80 million adults. They often destroy crops and vegetation on their way.