NDMA clears over 590,000 hectares of desert locust swarms

ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has cleared locust from over 590,000 hectares of land during the ongoing operation in vulnerable districts of the country.
According to a statement issued by an NDMA spokesman, some 1,241teams have been executing the surveillance and anti locust spray operation across country locust hit districts.
The NDMA spokesman said the teams have carried out the survey of over 352,000 hectares of area under locusts attack during the last 24 hours.
The teams carried out both aerial and ground spray of 11,730 hectare of land including a 9,100-hectare area of Balochistan, 1,400-hectare area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,200-hectare area of Sindh and 300-hectare areas Punjab.
The aerial spray was carried out at 500 hectare of land in Pashin and 400 hectare of land in Sukkur, he added.
The spokesman said a total of 52 districts, 33 of Balochistan, 11 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two of Punjab and six of Sindh had been invaded by the locust swarms.
In Balochistan, Khuzdar, Awaran, Naushki, Chaghi, Gwadar, Athal, Ketch, Panjgur, Kharan, Vishk, Quetta and other districts had been hit by desert locust.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dera Ismael Khan, Tank, North and South Waziristan, Lakki Marvat, Karak, Kurram, Naushera, Aurakzai, Khyber and Peshawar areas were affected with locusts attack.
Locust swarms were spotted in the cities Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzaffargarh in Punjab province. In Sindh, the affected areas included Khairpur, Sanghar, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mityari and Jamshoro.
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