As if the ongoing Covid-19 wasn’t bad enough, nature is unleashing its fury in several other ways. Swarms of locusts have descended over parts of northwest and central India, threatening standing crops, even as farmers continue to face the impact of the nationwide lockdown in place to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier this week, a massive swarms of locusts entered Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur as the pests spread to wider parts of Rajasthan along with Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
Authorities have started spraying chemicals on crops and plants where the insects have been located. Central agencies in this field had alerted the farmers about the locust attack and necessary information had been passed on to villagers as well.
This is the second round of locust attacks in India. The previous one happened between December 2019 to February 2020. Multiple teams from the government were deployed to spray pesticides and keep a check on the infestation.