Alarmed at the invasion of the locusts, which settled on trees, rooftops and plants, many residents of Gurugram also shared videos from their high-rise perches.
People are also expressing their disappointment on not being warned by the Delhi and Haryana state governments about the possibility of a locust attack. Ground control teams are constantly tracking them and will undertake major control operations once they settle down, it said, adding the control teams in Uttar Pradesh have been alerted in this regard.
A resident of Gurugram told NDTV that the locust attack started at 11 am.
While one user hilariously questioned, "Are Locust tasty when cooked?" The district agriculture officer of Chitrkoot, Dharmendra Awasthi, said that swarms of locusts reached Aujhar, Sariya, Chibau, Naandi and other villages but the farmers were vigilant. Sharma has advised the farmers to make high-decibel sound through the beating of drums, utensils; playing high-volume music and bursting crackers in order to distract the locusts and stop them from descending down on the crops. And the agriculture department was asked to spread awareness.
The last time Kapur saw a swarm in the city was at least 40 years ago, he said.
According to CNN, state officials are using tractor-mounted sprayers and 20 fire engines across 11 districts to spray water and pesticides.
Dalal said even experts from the Central Government who visited Rewari to take stock of the situation had appreciated the timely measures taken by the district administration.
Videos show thousands of desert locusts flying around, making the entire scene blurry.
"This is a small swarm that has come to Delhi, but we are monitoring the situation". Village-level WhatsApp groups too had been formed to keep the farmers informed, the officials said. The desert locust is a species of locust, a swarming short-horned grasshopper and poses an unprecedented threat to food supply and livelihoods of millions of people.
Congress leaders in Haryana have accused the BJP-JJP government of failing to tackle locust attacks, which they have said has resulted in a crop loss.
He said locust swarms from Pakistan entered Haryana through Rajasthan and caused damage to millet, cotton and other crops in Mahendragarh, Rewari, Gurgaon, Mewat, Jhajjar and Faridabad districts.