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Locust swarm metropolis, leaving Karachites in frenzy

Locust swarmed across various localities of Karachi, leaving people in frenzy. The insects were seen hovering in localities of Malir, Landhi, Bahadurabad, Shahra e Faisal and adjoining areas.

Though experts say locusts pose no threat to humans, but the massive number of these insects has left Karachites worried.

Many videos of the locust swarms hovering in various areas are being shared on social media:

The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy fixture between Sindh and Northern at the National Stadium Karachi was also interrupted briefly when a locust swarm showed up while the Northern was batting.

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According to the Department of Plant Protection of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, this instant desert locust activity observed in various areas of Karachi is part of the insect’s migration from the summer-monsoon breeding zone towards coastal areas of Balochistan.

The technical director of the plant plantation department, Muhammad Tariq Khan, also explained that the desert locust flies during day time and settle during the night. He said that the migration activity usually does not cause damage since the locusts are not in search of food.

This is not the first time Karachi has witnessed locust swarming. In 1978 locust swarmed the streets of Lyari.

Saman Siddiqui

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