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Locusts have landed, welcome to Mumbai, says author Shobhaa De – Mumbai Mirror

Amid fear of crop-eating pests entering Mumbai as the city reels under Coronavirus, columnist and novelist Shobhaa De on Thursday claimed that the locusts have arrived in the financial capital.

The writer took to Twitter to share a picture of a locust on the curtains.

“The locusts have landed! Welcome to Mumbai, locust ji. Feel free to mingle with our political pests,” she said in a Tweet.

Though there is no official confirmation, since yesterday, WhatsApp messages have been making all kinds of unsubstantiated claims – including posts like the pests have entered in Bandra, Juhu and South Mumbai.

“Getting lots of forwards of Locusts in Bandra, Juhu, South Mumbai – but people staying there say they haven’t seen anything as yet. Anyone actually see them?,” said a Twitter User.

However, Twitter user Neetu Chandra Srivastava posted a video and said, “Hey guys, locust have reached #Mumbai Maharastra. My aunt, staying in Colaba sent me this video. Please shut your windows too.”

Another user said, “Can’t even stand the sight of a cockroach and now I’m hearing of Locusts in Mumbai.”

Author Shunali Khullar Shroff said she is fed up of misinformation being spread on WhatsApp.

“There’s a forward going around warning Mumbai folks to be careful before opening their windows tomorrow- a locust attack is expected. Locusts attack crops, it is their food. There were no crops growing in this city last I checked.”

Swarms of locusts had already entered Nagpur a few days ago and now they have moved to neighbouring Bhandara district.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has informed that locust control operations have been stepped up in affected states to combat the menace.

In Rajasthan, 21 districts, in Madhya Pradesh 18 districts, in Punjab one district and in Gujarat 2 districts have undertaken locust control measures till now.