Millions of locusts swarm Indian city as country is rocked by heatwave and ...

Huge swarms of desert locusts have been pictured clinging to every available surface as swathes of the two-inch insects plague western and central India - as the country battles floods, a heatwave and a soaring number of coronavirus infections.

Photographs taken this week in Jaipur, one of 33 Rajasthan districts, show millions of the insects ravaging fields and covering walls as swarms continue to destroy harvests across the country.

Drones, tractors and cars have been sent out to track the voracious pests and spray them with pesticides. The locusts have already destroyed nearly 125,000 acres of cropland. 

'Eight to 10 swarms, each measuring around a square kilometre (0.4 square miles) are active in parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,' the government's Locust Warning Organisation's deputy director K.L. Gurjar told AFP.

The insects caused massive damage to seasonal crops in both states, devastating many farmers already struggling with the impact of a strict coronavirus lockdown.

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Photographs taken this week in Jaipur, one of 33 Rajasthan districts, show millions of the insects ravaging fields and covering walls as swarms continue to destroy harvests across the country

Photographs taken this week in Jaipur, one of 33 Rajasthan districts, show millions of the insects ravaging fields and covering walls as swarms continue to destroy harvests across the country

Swarms of locust attack in the residential areas of Jaipur, Rajasthan, Monday, May 25. More than half of Rajasthan's 33 districts are affected by invasion by these crop-munching insects

Swarms of locust attack in the residential areas of Jaipur, Rajasthan, Monday, May 25. More than half of Rajasthan's 33 districts are affected by invasion by these crop-munching insects

Swarms of locust attack in the walled city of Jaipur.  Drones, tractors and cars have been sent out to track the voracious pests and spray them with pesticides. The locusts have already destroyed nearly 125,000 acres of cropland

Swarms of locust attack in the walled city of Jaipur.  Drones, tractors and cars have been sent out to track the voracious pests and spray them with pesticides. The locusts have already destroyed nearly 125,000 acres of cropland

They destroyed harvests in the agricultural heartlands of neighbouring Pakistan in April, before entering Rajasthan.

Smaller swarms are also active in a handful of states across India, Gurjar said.

To add to India's problems, a heatwave has sent temperatures to 122F (50C) in some places while the capital New Delhi saw its hottest May day since 2002.

The hot spell is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, the Meteorological Department said, 'with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets'. 

Churu in Rajasthan was the hottest place on record on Tuesday, at 122F (50C), while parts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh sweltered just below that level. 

Last year the government said the heat had killed 3,500 people since 2015, although no deaths have been reported so far this year. 

People stood in the streets as the swarm passed through Jaipur on Monday, with some parking their motorcycles along the side of the road. Many wore masks to protect themselves from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

People stood in the streets as the swarm passed through Jaipur on Monday, with some parking their motorcycles along the side of the road. Many wore masks to protect themselves from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

The state capital Jaipur was overwhelmed by the insects as bewildered locals banged on pots and pans to try and ward them off. Others stood on roofs while snapping photographs on their smartphones to capture the phenomenon

The state capital Jaipur was overwhelmed by the insects as bewildered locals banged on pots and pans to try and ward them off. Others stood on roofs while snapping photographs on their smartphones to capture the phenomenon

One swarm came to rest on a roof, with millions of the insects turning the cement building a shade of copper as they covered every available surface

One swarm came to rest on a roof, with millions of the insects turning the cement building a shade of copper as they covered every available surface

The country of 1.3billion people suffers from severe water shortages with tens of millions lacking running water - to say nothing of air conditioning. 

Meanwhile, a swarm of 40 million locusts can eat as much food as 35,000 people - or six elephants - according to UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Residential areas in the state capital Jaipur were overwhelmed by the insects as bewildered locals banged on pots and pans to try and ward them off. Others stood on roofs while snapping photographs on their smartphones to capture the phenomenon. 

People stood in the streets as the swarm passed through, with some parking their motorcycles along the side of the road. Many wore masks to protect themselves from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

Experts warn the situation could worsen with more expected to reach India via Pakistan from the Horn of Africa in June.

One man grabbed a locust to show the size of the insects. Each locust can range in size between 0.5 and three inches long. They come from the same family as grasshoppers and can be either solitary or gregarious, meaning social

One man grabbed a locust to show the size of the insects. Each locust can

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