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Locust swarm sweeps into Lucknow after invading several districts of UP

Swarms of locusts were seen in Lucknow, Sitapur, Barabanki, Gonda and Agra districts of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

Several districts of UP including Jhansi, Kanpur, Agra, Sitapur, Kanpur Dehat, Azamgarh and Banda have already faced the locust attack in the past. (File photo)

After causing damage to crops in various districts of Uttar Pradesh, the locust swarms swept into Lucknow on Sunday afternoon and were spotted in Dubagga, Chowk, Aliganj, Mahanagar, Indiranagar and other areas of the state capital.

The skies in these areas were hijacked by swarms of locusts.

People in areas like Dubagga, Aliganj and Mahanagar were seen beating drums, utensils and bursting crackers to scare the locusts and distract them.

The district administration was already on alert and fire tenders were pressed to spray chemicals to battle the locusts.

However, the locusts moved towards the Barabanki district due to the wind movement. There is no information about any heavy damage caused to the crops.

Issuing a statement to India Today, the chief fire officer (CFO) of Lucknow Vijay Kumar Singh said “Our fire tenders immediately pressed into service but the locusts didn’t settle on the crops and farms. From Chinhat area, they moved towards the Barabanki district.”

Meanwhile, people living in Lucknow took to social media and shared pictures and videos of locusts invading in their area.

Several districts of UP including Jhansi, Kanpur, Agra, Sitapur, Kanpur Dehat, Azamgarh, Banda, Chitrakoot etc have already faced locust attack in the past.

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