The insects swept through the city at 11.30 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET), Atul Kapur, the founder of a social enterprise who lives in Gurgaon, told CNN. After 15 minutes, thousands of locusts settled on the terraces and roofs of homes before being swept away by high winds.
The last time Kapur saw a swarm in the city was at least 40 years ago, he said. “As kids we used to call them “tiddi” and [we] would scare them away with loud sounds,” Kapur, 56, told CNN.
It added that staff will be deployed to help guide residents and villagers on how to disperse the locusts –perhaps through setting off fire crackers, “making high decibel sound through beating of drum [or] utensil, playing high volume music on music system,” the advisory wrote.
Search for food
This comes weeks after waves of desert locusts — millions strong and stretching up to 7 kilometers (4 miles) long — crossed into India’s western state of Rajasthan from neighboring Pakistan in early May. Swarms have since pushed into five different states in search of food.
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