Locusts attack cities in India. Insects eat literally everything

A horde of locusts attacked India. Due to the lack of crops, insects attack the cities. The Hindustan Times writes about the locust attack and publishes horrific footage from different cities that have come under attack.

Five states of India became a locust target. According to scientists, several large swarms crossed the border between Pakistan and India at the end of April. Today in the 1st quarter. km accounts for about 40 million individuals, and such communities move at a speed of 400 km per day. An average small swarm of locusts can eat as much food a day as about 35 thousand people eat. Already affected over 50 thousand hectares of land.

Complicating the situation is the lack of field crops due to changing seasons, monsoon rains, and the coronavirus pandemic. Insects, not finding food, come to the city. Today they are actively attacking settlements in several areas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

“We are lucky that there is no crop in the fields right now. But the locust eats all the green vegetation, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds and plants, ”said K. Gurjar, deputy director of the Indian locust prevention organization, to the BBC.

In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic is hampering workers who fight insects using mounted sprayers, pesticides, and drones in a burning desert. They live in villages where local people give them food and go out at night to hunt down insects. People have to work in special protective suits and masks.

A similar situation occurs in Pakistan, where authorities declared an emergency in February, calling the current locust attack the worst in 20 years.

According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, about 38% of Pakistan’s territory, located in the provinces of Balochistan, Sindh, and Punjab, are “breeding grounds” for locusts.

“The situation is much more serious this year, not only in Afghanistan, India, Iran, and Pakistan but also in all the border countries of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula,” said Muhammad Tarik Khan, director of the Pakistan Plant Protection Department.

The situation is complicated by the difficult political relations between Pakistan and India, which are actually frozen. Lack of communication and led to unhindered entry for insects across the border.