New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been faced by a locust menace. In the last 40 days, India has faced swarms of locusts attacking and destroying crops in several states, like Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Odisha. The menace is expected to end with the approaching rains.
The second wave of locust swarms has now entered Gurugram, which is part of India’s national capital region (NCR). The insects also returned to India via the desert state of Rajasthan which shares a border with Pakistan.
Residents of NCR on Saturday took to Twitter to post creepy pictures and videos of the insects, clouding up the skies and hovering over houses. #LocustsAttackDelhi is trending on Twitter in India.
People are also expressing their disappointment on not being warned by the Delhi and Haryana state governments about the possibility of a locust attack.
Earlier this month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had noted that the locust swarms would not be able to survive India’s approaching monsoon season.
The insects, however, are expected to return to India’s Rajasthan with the onset of the rains to rapidly mature and lay eggs.
On 24 June, B.R. Kadwa, the deputy director of Rajasthan’s Agriculture Department, revealed that the government of India has planned to use Navy helicopters to control the second wave of locust attacks, which is expected to last for a month.