Locusts swarm across parts of India, attacking agricultural lands

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2020   •   1599

Huge swarms of locusts took over the skies of Northern and Central India on Monday (May 25) and Sunday (May 24), affecting agricultural lands.

The pests were mostly seen across large states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

On Sunday, actions were taken in the city of Mandsaur, in central India, to contain the swarm by spraying pesticides.

One of the deadliest pests for farms produce, locusts are known to destroy crops and vegetables, and whatever they find in their way, in search of food.

Animals also get affected by eating the same leaves as the locusts and can suffer from diarrhoea.

Locust swarms are not new in East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. But climate scientists say erratic weather linked to climate change has created ideal conditions for the insects to surge in numbers not seen in a quarter of a century.

If allowed to breed unchecked in favourable conditions, locusts can form huge swarms that can strip trees and crops over vast areas. (Reuters)

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Filipino repatriates from Sri Lanka, India return to their provinces

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

Filipino repatriates from Sri Lanka and India returned to their respective provinces on Wednesday (June 17).

The Philippine Navy facilitated the return of the Filipino repatriates who were stranded overseas due to travel restrictions spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. They were accommodated by BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) during the Naval Task Forces humanitarian mission in the Middle East.

“These repatriates considered as returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) already finished the required quarantine period aboard ship and were tested negative for coronavirus in the swab testing conducted upon their arrival,” the Navy said. AAC

China conducts high-altitude military drill as tensions flare with India

UNTV News   •   June 18, 2020

China recently conducted a military drill at the south of the Tanggula Mountains in Tibet, according to the state broadcaster CCTV, amid rising tensions between China and India.

The drill, involving dozens of tanks and armed vehicles, was to test troops’ capabilities operating in extreme situations at a high elevation, reported CCTV.

Tensions have been running high along the border of China and India.

India’s army said on Tuesday (June 16) 20 of its soldiers had been killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site in the western Himalayas.

The deaths were the first since the last major border clash in 1967 between the nuclear-armed neighbors – also the world’s two most populous countries – which have been unable to settle the dispute along their lengthy frontier.

Since early May, hundreds of soldiers have fronted up against each other at three locations, each side accusing the other of trespassing. (Reuters)

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India’s biggest city Mumbai braces for “severe” cyclone

UNTV News   •   June 3, 2020

India’s most populous city Mumbai braced for its first-ever cyclone in living memory on Wednesday (June 3).

The cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea was “very likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm” later on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Authorities were working until late in the night on Tuesday (June 2) to move thousands of people away from the coast, amid fears that a city already ravaged by COVID-19 infections could see its healthcare system further overwhelmed.

The cyclone, called Nisarga, could make landfall on the coastal border of Maharashtra and Gujarat states, where officials have evacuated more than 100,000 people.

Mumbai emergency services are already struggling with the nation’s largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The city and its surrounding areas have so far reported some 55,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,700 deaths from the disease.

In Mumbai, authorities shifted 150 Covid-19 patients to other hospitals as the newly built makeshift hospital they were being treated in was located in low-lying area. (Reuters)

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