Baghai, Firozabad: A swarm of desert locusts clouded over Baghai village in Firozabad district in Uttar Pradesh Monday. Locals in the village fled to their farms and banged utensils to scare away the locusts sitting on their crops.
Much of North India has been on alert ever since the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s warned of a major locust attack in eastern Africa, Iran, Pakistan and India earlier this year.
The desert locust is known to be among the most destructive migratory pests due to its speed and ability to multiply. These locusts can fly almost 150 km a day and typically eat their own body weight in vegetation.
ThePrint’s National Photo Editor Praveen Jain brings you glimpses of the locust invasion in Baghai and how locals dealt with it.
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