Peddapalli: Thunderstorm helped the Telangana a lot. Besides getting relief from sweltering heat, it saved the state from locusts. Locusts, which reached to Wardha of Maharastra from North India by Friday, moved towards Chhattisgarh after diverting their way following the thunderstorms in a majority of the areas in Telangana as well as Vidarbha region of Maharastra.
Locusts, which always continue their journey along with river belt areas depending on wind, have reached to Indravathi river area in Chhattisragh from Pranahitha area of Maharastra instead of entering into Telangana. This happened only because of thunderstorm which occurred in Telangana as well as Vidarbha regions. Heavy winds were said to have forced locusts to change their way
Initially, Telangana officials had predicted that locusts would enter into the state through Adilabad district and taken steps to prevent them from entering into the state. As part of strategy, the five-member committee has also been constituted to assess the movement of locust and examine the steps to be taken to prevent them from entering into the state.
Plant Protection Office of Central Integrated Pest Management Centre, R Suneetha, Scientist and Agriculture University Principal, Rehman, Chief Conservator of Forests, Wrangal, MJ Akbhar and Ramagundam Police Commissioner V Satyanarayana and Mancherial Collector Bharathi Hollikery have been appointed as members. The committee members, who camped at NTPC guest house, Ramagundam, conducted aerial survey along with Godavari river in Maharastra, Gadchiroli, Badradri-Kothagudem, Asifabad, and Adilabad districts.
They had predicted that districts like Kothagudem, Mulugu, Jayashankar-Bhupalapalli, Mancheiral, Adilabad, Asifabad and Peddapalli would be effected if locusts were entered into the state. However, government breathed easy since they have changed their direction and reached to Indravathi river area in Chhattisgarh.
Even if locusts changed their direction, there is a possibility of entering into the state along with Indravathi since the river enters into Telangana near Dammur of Palimela mandal of Jayashankar-Bhupalapalli district. If it happened, 24 villages in the district would be affected by locusts, team members reportedly predicted.
Besides 1,500 liters of different types of chemicals, fire engines, Jetting machines, sprayers are kept ready. Moreover, fire department officials have also been alerted by the government. Officials, who are getting information from different states effected by locusts, are contemplating to spray chemical when locusts are sleeping in the night.
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