Many parts of Western, Northern and Central India have been facing locust attacks. But now a social media post on locusts by an Indian Forest Service officer, Parveen Kaswan, seems to have taken the country by storm.
The picture is from the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh and shows a thick blanket of locusts covering the entire landscape shown in the photo.
This time desert locust attack is severe. They have arrived earlier, in huge numbers & now reached till Panna in MP. The changing climate conditions are linked with locust growth in east Africa. The swarms has potential of eating everything & destroy the crops. This from Panna. pic.twitter.com/8aqLa8lA4O— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 26, 2020
"In the last two years we are seeing an upsurge in locust swarms. The reasons according to experts are the Mekunu and Luban cyclonic storms of May and October 2018 in Oman & Yemen. These created conditions for an upsurge in locust populations. You see climatic condition has such role in pest production," the IFS officer also explained.
In last two years we r seeing an upsurge in locust swarms. The reason according to experts is Mekunu and Luban cyclonic storms of May and October 2018 in Oman & Yemen. Which created condition for upsurge in population. You see climatic condition has such role in pest production.— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 26, 2020
He also cautioned that large swarms of locusts are now coming towards India and that they have the potential of eating everything in their path.