Indian tractors, cars and even drones pursue locusts

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What’s happening
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What’s happening

Huge swarms of locusts have entered the country and are attacking crops across western India, probably the worst plague India has seen in the last three decades.

From across the border
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From across the border

These swarms didn’t arrive without warning, however, India’s neighbour - Pakistan - reported them way back in January, even declaring an emergency in nine districts to control their spread.

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Beating them
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Beating them

In the affected areas, people are using all forms of transport - tractors, cars and even drones - to track the locusts and spray them with pesticide.

Recognised threat
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Recognised threat

According to the United Nations, a swarm of 40 million locusts can eat as much food as 35,000 people.

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Destruction
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Destruction

The locusts have already destroyed nearly 50,000 hectares of cropland across Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where there are about eight to ten swarms of the pests, with more expected via Africa later.

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