A swarm of desert locusts that infested Jaipur, which was originated from and matured in, Iran and Pakistan’s Balochistan. Now it could be headed towards the capital, if the wind speed is favourable. Delhi has been kept on alert as such swarms are currently active in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, which is the most affected state.
Reportedly, desert locusts are seen in western Rajasthan and Gujarat from June to November, but they were first spotted by the Union agriculture ministry’s Locust Warning Organisation (LWO) in April. What’s more concerning is that usually, they are either solitary or in small groups, meaning the current swarming is unusual.