Just as the country is trying its best to combat the epidemic caused by the coronavirus, the storms, and attacks of locusts have increased the troubles of some areas manifold.
Hurricanes like Amfan bring such a big shock even under normal conditions that it takes many years to recover from it, but who would have imagined to counter them with social distancing? Due to scientific and technological development, such storms are no longer as shocking as before.
It is known many days in advance that at what speed, at what time in which area will the storm come. This is the reason that rescue preparations are done well in advance and the casualties are not very large. Despite this, the Amfan storm caused a lot of destruction in Odisha and West Bengal. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has spoken of facing a war-like situation in the state.
However, under the current conditions, it will take a week to get accurate information about the actual damage caused by this storm in both states. The resources of the government system are very limited, and a large part of them are still dealing with challenges related to the corona epidemic.
In such a situation, how many trees fell in remote areas, how many roads and bridges were broken, how many houses were damaged, and how much sea area in the area reached salty water, no way to find out all this quickly. Governments do not have.
On the other hand, if we look at the western part of the country, the news of grasshopper parties ravaging the cultivation of Pakistan crossing the border of Rajasthan, licking greenery in many districts of Madhya Pradesh is no less serious. Farmers of Ujjain, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Agar-Malwa, and other nearby districts are currently trying to drive away these locust parties by beating thali and drums.
In some areas, government employees have also sprayed pesticides. But these measures are not proving more effective. Once these locust parties get a chance to prepare their next generation, it will be almost impossible to stop them from spreading to the surrounding states and they will continue to be the headache of Indian farming for the next two-three years.
It is understandable how difficult it is for the government machinery to work together to deal with storm and grasshopper losses in this corona period. Needless to say that the central and state governments will have to successfully overcome this phase of historical challenges by keeping all the urges and prejudices aside so far.
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