Swarms of locusts enter Gurgaon, netizens share frightening videos of 'attack'


An advisory issued by the Delhi development commissioner said that residents can distract the locusts by making high-decibel sound through beating of drums, utensils; playing high-volume music, bursting crackers, and burning neem leaves.

LWO Deputy Director KL Gurjar said locusts are now flying over Gurugram and the southern border areas of Delhi.

Alarmed at the invasion of the locusts, which settled on trees, rooftops and plants, many residents of Gurugram shared videos from their high-rise perches. "The swarms are very big and they have migrated from across the border after breeding a month earlier than we were expecting", KL Gurjar, deputy director of India's Locust Warning Organization, said.

The Agriculture Department has issued a detailed advisory to all the district magistrates, three MCDs and NDMC to take immediate steps, said Gopal Rai. A team has been set up to monitor the situation.

Some reports said the swarms were spread over 3 kilometer. Currently, Delhi airport is operational and all flight movements are as per schedule, an airport official said. "Night spray of malathion or chlorpyrifos is useful [for dispersing them]", the advisory added.

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The Union Agriculture Ministry said the locust swarms hitting Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had originated from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. "Personal Protection Equipment kits may be used while spraying for safety". Another swarm moved towards Dwarka in Delhi, from there to Daulatabad, Gurugram, Faridabad, and this swarm has also entered Uttar Pradesh. "One is heading towards Delhi from the railway station and sector 4 to 5".

The skies over many parts of Gurugram turned dark on Saturday as swarms of locusts descended on the town, but the migratory pests are likely to spare the national capital for now, officials said.

Morning visuals from Gurugram showed locusts flying.

The Haryana government issued a high alert after locusts entered Gurugram districts. "We immediately closed the windows and doors, and the society administration started bellowing hooters installed on buildings to drive away the insects", said Rita Sharma, a resident of Beverly Park 2 at MG Road in Gurugram. With today's incident it is clear that apart from the usual targets in states like Punjab and Rajasthan, the NCR region is also coming in the grip of the crop-destroying locusts.