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Locust attacks to continue till July in India: Report

These swarms entered Rajasthan earlier this week and at least one swarm had reached north-east Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

May 29, 2020 / 04:25 PM IST

Locust swarm attacks may reportedly continue in India until July. The insects, which first entered Rajasthan and made their way through parts of Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Maharashtra, could also reach Odisha and Bihar with the monsoon winds.

A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official speculates that these crop-destroying insects are unlikely to reach South India, Nepal and Bangladesh.  

“Much of these movements were associated with strong westerly winds from cyclone Amphan in the Bay of Bengal. Control operations are underway,” Keith Cressman, Senior Locust Forecasting Officer at the FAO said as per a report by The Hindu BusinessLine.

Cressman further stated that the movement will slow down as swarms begin to breed and become less mobile.