Locust Attack: Storm Reaches Gonda in Uttar Pradesh, Several Villages Affected

Locals are being advised to bang plates, play big sound systems or dhol and nagada in their farms to get rid of the locusts.

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July 13, 2020

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On the trail from Barabanki, after crossing the Ghagra river, a swarm of locusts has now reached Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. It has started grazing on precious crops, leaving farmers of the affected region distressed. The locusts have wreaked havoc on farms in Nakahara, Bhavva, Chhitauni, Konhata, Ramgarh, Panchmarhi, Harora, and other villages from the Colonelganj tehsil. Locals are doing everything they can to disperse the swarms but to little avail.

Loud noise is said to be one of the methods that persuade locust swarms to keep moving and not stay at a place for long. This is why locals are being advised to bang plates, play big sound systems or dhol and nagada in their farms to get rid of them. They can even make use of motorcycles to create the noise or run their tractor engines with its silencer removed. The Gonda district administration has set up a control room to deal with the issue on an immediate basis.

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