51 districts hit by locust attack; spray continues: NDMA
ISLAMABAD:As many as 51 districts of the country were hit by locust attack, said spokesman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
In a statement, he said 27 districts of Balochistan, 9 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 13 of Punjab, 2 districts of Sindh were hit by the locust attacks.
The authority was conducting both aerial and ground spray of locust hit districts of the country, he added.
The spraying of 6,690 hectare areas of Balochistan, 2,000 of Punjab, 492 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 28 hectare areas of Sindh have been completed in last 24 hours.
NDMA has completed the survey of 132,000 hectare areas of Balochistan, 75,000 hectare area of Punjab, 71,000 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 150,000 hectare area of Sindh in last 24 hours, the statement added.
Fresh locust
attack in Muzaffargar
A swarm of locusts once again attacked crops and damaged them on a vast area of the district, said sources in agriculture department.
The locust damaged cotton, fodder and sunflower badly in different areas of Kot Addu and Muzaffargarh, they informed.
The district administration has started spraying the affected areas, the sources said adding that locals were also helping the administration and were beating drums to scare them away.
DC Amjad Suhaib Tareen advised farmers to inform administration about the affected areas so that spray could be conducted there.
It is worth mentioning here ten kilometres (km) long and three kilometers wide swarm entered the district from Chowk Sarwar Shaheed on May 13 traveling from Rojhan of Rajanpur district, they informed.
On Thursday night, the swarm landed at Mahmood Lot and UC Noor Kubra by traveling on the western side.
The locust had moved towards Tehsil Jatoi and Alipur via Turkish Colony Mouza Sharifpura, Adda Ghulam Ali, Basiti Jannat Wala and Khangarh, the sources stated.
The swarm traveled towards Multan later on. – APP