WORLD Swarms of insects, heat wave in India amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Swarms of insects, heat wave in India amid COVID-19 pandemic

CGTN

14:11, May 29, 2020

It's not just the coronavirus creating day-to-day challenges in India. The country is also grappling with soaring temperatures and the worst locust invasion in nearly three decades.

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Parts of the country are under a red alert, as temperatures soar past 45 degrees Celsius. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned people to stay home this week. People are venturing out with their faces and heads covered as protection from the sun. 

Swarms of locusts, described as a blizzard of bugs, have taken over parts of India, nearly 50,000 hectares (125,000 acres) of cropland destroyed by millions of the insects. 

According to UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, a swarm of 40 million locusts can eat as much food as 35,000 people or six elephants.

The insects have caused massive damage to seasonal crops, devastating many farmers already struggling with the impact of a strict coronavirus lockdown.

Government teams are working on the ground to control the locust invasion by spraying pesticides with drones, tractors and cars.


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