Just when we thought 2020 could not get worse. Nature took it as a challenge and voila!
India might face another crisis amidst the Corona battle. The crisis this time has come in the form of locust swarms. Though locusts look harmless they can do irreversible damage to our crops if in vast numbers.
These locust swarms originated from the African part of the world are moving to the eastern part of the world. They’ve already affected the crops of countries they shave touched. The current moving locust swarms are reportedly the worst one in many
decades from the past.
Locust swarms are said to be born of climate change. The current climate change has led to an 18-month humid condition, making it a perfect breeding bed for locust swarms. Locust swarms issue isn’t new but it has come back in a much bigger form. The government is already taking precautionary measures to tackle this situation if needed.
India has invested in drones and specialist equipment to observe the movement of locusts and spray insecticides to debar a new outbreak that could raze crops, as per reports.
Locust swarms can fly up to 150 km (90 miles) a day with the wind, and adult insects can consume roughly their weight in fresh food per day. A small swarm eats as much in one day as about 35,000 people.
India is maybe next in line after east Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya Eritrea, and Djibouti. Swarms have also spread into Tanzania, Uganda, and now South Sudan. Pakistan officials have already declared it a national emergency. Villages of states in India’s sharing borders with Pakistan like, Gujarat, Rajasthan states are more vulnerable to being affected if it travels to India.
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