Air Force comes to rescue; deploys two chopper to contain locust invasion near Jodhpur

  • | Friday | 10th July, 2020

“About 50 percent of the swarm was eliminated by the end of the operation and the remaining 50 percent was not in a position to move due to the impact of chemical.”

In a bid to fight locust invasion with the local authorities, the Indian Air Force has deployed two MI-17 helicopters for the first time. In this anti-locust IAF eliminated swarms of insects settled over a four-square-km area in Osian sub-division of Jodhpur by spraying pesticides

The Indian Air Force deployed its helicopters laden with pesticides on a request by the Jodhpur district administration and sprayed the chemical over a huge swarm of locusts which had landed in Bheekamkor village in the sub-division on Saturday.

“We informed the IAF in the night and two choppers reached the area in the morning to eliminate the locust swarm,” said Locust Warning Organisation’s Deputy Director K L Gurjar.

Before the IAF helicopters took the anti-locust sorties, the officials had marked the affected area on the ground with red flags to help chopper pilots identify the exact location, he said.

 “About 50 percent of the swarm was eliminated by the end of the operation and the remaining 50 percent was not in a position to move due to the impact of chemical,” he said.

The remaining insects would die soon, he added.

It was for the first time that the IAF came to the rescue of LWO with an indigenously developed mechanism to spray pesticides. The swarms of locusts have been consistently invading Jodhpur for the past two months, sad LWO officials.

They said attacks by bigger swarms of locusts are expected next month as there has been massive breeding of the insects in Pakistan and beyond.



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