Locust swarm clouds over Gurugram, bordering districts of Delhi put on alert

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New Delhi (NVI): A swarm of desert locusts have reached the outskirts of Delhi, after descending upon Gurugram today morning. The crop-destroying locusts are expected to head towards Uttar Pradesh.

The skies over many parts of Gurugram, including Cyber Hub turned dark, but the migratory pests are likely to spare Delhi for now.

However, the adjoining districts of the national capital have been put on alert.
The Haryana government has issued a high alert after locusts entered Rewari and Gurugram districts, with officials saying that all necessary measures have been taken, according to media reports.

Gurugram residents were last evening asked to keep their windows shut as precaution against a locust attack by the city administration as a swarm was sighted in an adjoining district.

Many residents of Gurugram shared videos from their high-rise perches after being alarmed by the invasion of locusts, which settled on trees, rooftops and plants. In addition to this, the district administration has asked residents to make clanging noises by beating utensils to ward off the insects.

Earlier In May, India withstood a destruction desert locust outbreak. The crop-destroying swarms first attacked Rajasthan and then spread to parts of Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

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