Telangana on high alert over looming locust threat, CM KCR forms special team

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Telangana Chief Minister has constituted a special team to oversee measures in the advent of a possible attack of locust swarms in the state.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday instructed officials to be on high alert as there may be a possible attack of locusts swarms in the state. Rao held a review meeting on measures to be taken to protect the state from a possible attack by the locusts. The swarms, which had entered the country last month in what is being termed as the worst invasion in years, have come up to Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The insects had come near Telangana recently but are now said to be at Azmi village near Ramtek in Maharashtra, about 200 km away from the state borders, an official release said. If they travel towards the South, they may reach Telangana within a short span of time, it said.

According to experts, there is a possibility of locusts hitting the state anytime between June 20 and July 5 during which time monsoon crop season would begin in Telangana. Hence, the chief minister instructed that strict measures should be taken to prevent the invasion. Rao asked District Collectors and other officials in eight districts bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh to be on alert and review the situation from time to time and act accordingly. A special team has been constituted under Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to oversee the measures. The team will monitor the movement of the locusts and suggest necessary measures to be taken.

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