524,500 hectares of land cleared of locusts: NDMA

An estimated 1,122 teams of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) have been executing the surveillance and anti-locust spray operations in vulnerable districts of the country, while over 524,500 hectares of land has been cleared during the ongoing operation.

The survey of over 355,000 hectares of land and spray of over 4,230 hectare of areas had been carried out in the last 24 hours.

100 hectares of land have been cleared from locusts in Sindh. The spokesperson further said that a total of 46 districts, 33 from Balochistan, nine of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of Punjab and three of Sindh, have been hit swarms of locusts. Notably, locusts were spotted in Khuzdar, Awaran, Naushki, Chaghi, Gwadar, Athal, Ketch, Panjgur, Kharan, Vishok, Quetta and other districts of Balochistan.

The anti-locust spraying was carried out at over 3,500 hectares of land In Balochistan. In Punjab over 30 hectares of land have been sprayed while treatment of over 600 hectares of land has been carried out in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Dera Ismael Khan, Tank, North and South Waziristan, Lakki Marvat, Karak, Kurram, Naushera and Khyber were affected with locust attacks. In Punjab, the locust-hit areas included Mianwali. Likewise, the affected areas of Sindh included, Matyari, Jamshoro and Hyderabad.