For people living in the National Capital Region, the weekend began on an unwelcoming note as swarms of locusts thronged the region, particularly Gurugram. Scary videos and photos of the locust attack flooded social media sites, with people worried about how to tackle it. #LocustAttack and #Gurgaon dominated trends on Twitter in India, and while most users shared videos, some tried to gain some respite with jokes and memes.
Less than an hour after they began moving out of Jhajjar, Haryana, the insects hit Gurugram at around 11 am on Saturday morning. Big swarms were spotted eclipsing the skies in areas including DLF Phase 1, Phase 2, and busy MG Road. As people were stuck at home amid the global pandemic, residents started recording the attack from their balconies and windows.
The Gurgaon District Administration has issued a locust warning for the district, advising residents to keep doors and windows locked and make loud noises to scare the insects. Many people sharing videos joked that they had practice of banging plates and dishes amid the lockdown and it might be helpful now, calling it an “atmanirbhar” state. Some also quipped that sealing the border would not stop this spread into Delhi.
Check out some of the videos and how people are reacting to the locust attack.
— Saloni Malhotra (@salonimalhotra) June 27, 2020
👉#LocustsAttack has reached Delhi-NCR
👉Currently in Gurugram
👉Sealing Delhi-Gurgaon border in this case won’t help… because Pancchi, TIDDIYAN, pawan ke jhonke, koi sarhad na inhe roke 👇 pic.twitter.com/zGt0WfYyMo
— Saahil Murli Menghani (@saahilmenghani) June 27, 2020
— Mohit Dhar Jayal (@mohitjayal) June 27, 2020
Locust Reached Gurgaon!!!
People demanded rain,
not this shit! pic.twitter.com/dJN6zY8QvK
— Aakash (@swagger_jatt_) June 27, 2020
— Mridula Dwivedi (@mridulablog) June 27, 2020
— Rosy (@rose_k01) June 27, 2020
— Shine 🦋 Shimmer (@JesuAbRam) June 27, 2020
— Himanshu Bhatt (@himansh50242238) June 27, 2020
— CORONA WARRIOR MAYANK CHAUDHARY 🇮🇳 (@IamMayank_) June 27, 2020
Today #locusts reached #Gurgaon oops #Gurugram. One thing for sure, the #PrimeMinister had prepared us well. Everybody was beating thali as professional to shoo these locusts away. Haters gonna hate but PM knew this day will come. Jai #Modi ji 🙏😜 #AatmaNirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/lDAEnkFOJF
— Ankit Bhardwaj (@im_ankitb) June 27, 2020
— Sourabh Sinha (@theBabuaa) June 27, 2020
— Pathik Shah (@PathikS65440981) June 27, 2020
— Vikas Giri (@Badass_babuaaaa) June 27, 2020
— Wørrîòr (@Lakshyarajputo1) June 27, 2020
— ☈ꍏv♗ⓢ♄ ☈ꍏ♫ꍏ (@ranaravish1) June 27, 2020
When it’s hot outside and I have to close the window because of locusts
— Pradip Ghevariya 🇮🇳 (@pradipghevariaa) June 27, 2020
— prdm sivre (@pradhyumn420) June 27, 2020
#LocustsAttack in Gurgaon
Living through 2020 is like: pic.twitter.com/NLJGX01aO8
— Aalsi ladki (@aalsiiladki) June 27, 2020
People in gurgaon: pic.twitter.com/mCNVKnvjPV
— 🦁 (@Somesh64592526) June 27, 2020
#LocustsAttack in Gurugram
locust commander: How’s the josh? pic.twitter.com/MYrj0uQ97X
— Saha Nilanjana (@SahaNilanjana1) June 27, 2020
“Two groups had entered the city from Jhajjar. One is heading towards Delhi from the railway station and sector 4-5. The other group is heading from the direction of Kherki Daula toll plaza towards Delhi,” Atmaram Godara, Deputy Director, Agriculture, Gurgaon, said. However, the official assured that no crops have been damaged so far in the area as the locusts “have not come down in the fields yet.”
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