Over 4,500 hectares of area sprayed to control locust in parts of country during last 24 hours

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Over 4,500 hectares of area sprayed to control locust in parts of country during last 24 hours

Over 4,500 hectares of area has been sprayed to control locust in various parts of the country during the last 24 hours.

According to National Disaster Management Authority, this includes 2,900 hectares in Balochistan, 100 hectares in Punjab, 900 hectares in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 600 hectares in Sindh.

An area of 344,000 hectares was surveyed during the last 24 hours.  So far, 520,200 hectares of land has been sprayed in the country to control the pest by 1124 teams of NDMA. 

The crop munching bug exists in 49 districts of the country, including 33 in Balochistan, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two in Punjab and five in Sindh.

In Balochistan, areas of Khuzdar, Awaran, Noshki, Chaghi, Gwadar, Uthal, Kech, Panjgur, Kharan, Washuk and Quetta have been affected among others.

The bugs have affected Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, North and South Waziristan, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Kurram, Orakzai and Khyber districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The pest is present in Dera Ghazi Khan and Mianwali areas of Punjab while the locust has invaded Mirpur Khas, Tharparkar, Tando Alla Yar, Jamshoro and Shaheed Benazirabad areas of Sindh.