Gujarat is under attack from hoppers ,the new-born locusts that have flown in across the international border from Pakistan.
According to the Agriculture Ministry’s Locust Warning Organisation (LWO), locusts are flying in from Pakistan’s Sindh province and spreading in villages in Rajasthan and Gujarat where south western monsoon had prolonged this time.
Originally, the locusts emerged in February this year from Sudan and Eritrea on Africa’s Red Sea Coast and travelled through Saudi Arabia and Iran to enter Pakistan.
The Indian Railways has claimed that zero passenger death was witnessed in the current financial year, that is, 2019-20, which is for the first time in the 166-year-long history of railways.
The railways is using various methods to reduce risks like ultrasonic flaw detection (USFD) testing of rails to detect flaws and timely removal of defective rails to avoid incidents of derailments and to improve the safety of the railway tracks.
Apart from all this, drives and inspections at regular intervals are carried out to monitor and educate staff for the observance of safe practices.