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MUMBAI: Locusts “entered” the city through “fake” videos and photos showing them perched on window panes and balconies of highrises, creating a scare. Public agencies including the Locust Warning Organisation under Union agriculture ministry then clarified that Mumbai was not in the path of the insects. BMC warned citizens not to forward such “fake” news.
“I started getting forwards, informing me about locusts all over the city… It made for an unfortunate viral recipe, thanks to idle minds who morphed old videos to spread panic,” said naturalist and author Sunjoy Monga. Wildlife warden Pawan Sharma said the rumour escalated as a few celebstweeted about it without verifying.
The air traffic control for Mumbai alerted controllers to keep an eye. “Currently, we don’t find any such visible group of locusts in our area,” said Rajeev Mehta, general manager, air traffic control. A senior commander said a swarm could cause a problem to aircraft at lower heights. Meanwhile, Palghar district officials issued an advisory to villages.