The Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the center of Islam faith, were invaded of swarm of locusts which prompts a large-scale clean up drive.
Locusts are everywhere in the air, on the pavement, on the robes of worshipers and on the walls of the Great Mosque.
Every year, Mecca attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe, but this time it became a site of completely different pilgrimage and visitors.
The insects have been plaguing the holy site in Saudi Arabia for a few days now, with social media relaying a detailed account of the havoc they caused.
The local authorities have assigned 22 teams, each consisting of 138 people and armed with 111 pieces of specialized equipment, to curb the infestation.
We have harnessed all efforts available to speed up the eradication of the insects in the interest of the safety and comfort of guests to God’s house, the authorities said in a statement.
Workers were spraying insecticide in the area around the Great Mosque, paying extra attention to the locust breeding sites near open water drains.