Desert locusts, which usually reach India and Pakistan in the months of September and October, have already begun to cause destruction to crops in Pakistan’s Balochistan province and India’s Rajasthan state.
Meanwhile according to forecasts; #DesertLocust situation remains extremely serious in the Horn of Africa, where a new generation of swarms are starting to lay eggs, which coincides with the current planting season.— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 11, 2020
Swarms are already in #India which rarely happens in this season. pic.twitter.com/yQdyoavVFT
Following a 2019 outbreak in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and South Asia, locusts are now eating crops in Balochistan’s Washuk district, where they are multiplying by the day. The district lies a few hundred kilometres from Iran.
India’s Rajasthan state, which shares a border with Pakistan, is looking at huge economic losses due to the locusts which have entered Barmer, Jalore, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur districts from Pakistan’s Sindh province.
The authorities are terming the locust invasion threatening as both summer and rainy season crops are under attack.
Meanwhile locust attack in western states. These locusts can eat away hard earned crops like anything. TikTok. pic.twitter.com/AgleqdfVhS— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 11, 2020
In February, Pakistan declared a national emergency after the nation’s worst locust onslaught in two decades, which battered 40% of the crops in the country.
The last two years have seen an upsurge in locust swarms. This is due to the Mekunu and Luban cyclonic storms in May and October 2018 in Oman and Yemen, which created the climatic conditions that allowed for the current upsurge in population.