Swarms of locusts were reported in several parts of Gurugram – Rajendra Park off Sector 5, Surat Nagar, Dhanwapur, Palam Vihar, Maruti factory in Sector 18, Sector 17 DLF phase 1 and many other places in old and new Gurugram on Saturday, 27 June. Residents of Gurugram were caught unaware by the sudden attack of locusts around 11 am.
The Haryana government also issued a high alert and news agency PTI quoted officials as saying that all necessary measures including tractor-mounted spraying facilities have been deployed.
Residents used mikes, and loudspeakers to keep locusts away from their homes. Gurugram district administration is assessing the damage due to the locust’s attack.
Locusts however crossed the city in one hour and headed towards South Delhi. Delhi Government Issues Advisory, Asks People to Stay Indoors. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai directed the administration to remain on high alert and the government also issued an advisory asking people to keep their windows closed. Rai reportedly said that an instruction to beat dhols and drums has been issued to get rid of the swarms of locust.