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Locusts nightmare spreads, UP and Punjab on alert

May 28, 2020 10:26 IST

After Rajasthan, Gujarat and MP, the massive swarms of desert locusts are threatening crops in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The government said it has stepped up its response to the country's worst locust attack in nearly three decades. Locust containment measures and sprinkling operations have been conducted in 303 locations spread over more than 47,000 hectares till Wednesday in 20 districts of Rajasthan, nine in Madhya Pradesh, two in Gujarat and one each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The government is using specialised spraying machines and has set up 11 control rooms to coordinate the response.