With locusts blanketing a number of states, wiping off vegetation in a matter of hours, and entering urban areas too, the Central government on Wednesday said drones have been deployed to mitigate the effect.
Punjab was put on high alert and farmers were asked to report any such attack to authorities. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana, were affected.
While this phenomenon isn’t new in drier months, the enormity of the attack has troubled everyone — from governments, already tackling the coronavirus pandemic, to farmers, whose months of work is at stake, and urban residents, who have never seen their terraces being taken over by insects before.
India’s food security is also under threat.