ISLAMABAD           -          The teams of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other departments have so far treated a total of 596,000 hectares of area during the ongoing locust control operation in the vulnerable districts of the country.

According to NDMA spokesman, the authority has carried out the survey of over 339,000 hectares of area under locust attack in the last 24 hours. The teams carried out both aerial and ground spray of 5,630 hectares of land in the last 24 hours.

Some 3,100 hectares of Balochistan, 1,300 hectare area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,200 hectare area of Sindh and 300 hectare area of Punjab have been cleared from the locusts during the last 24 hours.

Aerial spray has been carried out over 300 hectares of land in Killa Abdullah area of Balochistan.

The spokesman said a total of 45 districts, including 29 of Balochistan, 9 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three of Punjab and four of Sindh had been invaded by the locust swarms.

In Balochistan, Khuzdar, Awaran, Naushki, Chaghi, Gwadar, Athal, Ketch, Panjgur, Kharan, Vishk, Quetta and other districts have been hit by the desert locust.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dera Ismael Khan, Tank, North and South Waziristan, Lakki Marwat, Karak, Kurram, Aurakzai and Khyber Agency were affected by the locusts.

Locusts swarms were spotted in Attock, Khanewal and Dera Ghazi Khan districts in Punjab province during the last 24 hours.

In Sindh, the affected areas include Khairpur, Sanghar, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mityari and Jamshoro.