The massive locust swarm could lead to famine as the insects ravage the nation’s food supplies. The plague of insects has spread over five Indian states, some of which – such as Rajasthan – are as large as Germany. The insects flew into the northern state of Rajasthan from Pakistan on April 30.
The climatic conditions have allowed these invasive pests to reproduce rapidly.
The locusts can travel up to 93 miles per day and can consume their own body weight every 24 hours.
A single swarm of locusts may contain up to 80 million adults in one square mile.
The locusts breed in the desert regions of Pakistan but then swarm into greener areas and devour the vegetation.
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This has encouraged a rise in locust numbers.
This has led to the devastating swarm surging out of the desert in its hunt for food.
Huge areas of crops can be devastated in hours by the swarm.
Strong westerly winds this year have also driven the locusts into the affected states in India.
The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation have announced that “several successive waves of locust invasions can be expected until July in Rajasthan.
“The locusts will then move eastward.
“There will be surges across northern India as far as Bihar and Orissa”.