Hailstorm, strong winds damage fruit and other crops in Kashmir

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Srinagar, May 23 (UNI) Hailstorm, strong winds and heavy rains damaged fruit and other crops besides disrupting normal life in the Kashmir valley since last evening.

A report from Baramulla said fruit and other crops in various villages in north Kashmir was damaged due to 15 minute hailstorm which was followed by strong winds and rains.

However, there was no report of any damage to property or loss of life in the strong winds.

Strong winds followed by heavy rains lashed most parts of the uptown last evening disrupting power supply.

Official sources said electric wires were snapped at several places after some trees fell over the main lines, disrupting electric supply in Budshah Nagar, Natipora, Nowgam, Banapora, Batmaloo and other areas.

The power supply was restored only this morning after the Power Development Department (PDD) officials repaired the damaged wires.

Strong winds and rains also disrupted marriage ceremonies in the uptown after water entered the tents where the guests were staying.

The water level in the river Jehlum and its tributaries has increased after the heavy rains in the upper reaches in south Kashmir.

Though there was no immediate threat of flood, but people in the areas living on river banks are feeling insecure.

Majority roads in the city, particuarly in the areas where there is no VIP movement, are still in bad condition.

People alleged that roads, including Sriangar-airport and road leading to civil secretariat are repaired by the divisional authorities shortly before the offices shifted from Jammu to Srinagar.

However, big holes could be seen in other roads, including Rambagh-Natipora-Chanapora road, where traffic jam for hours has become a routine.

Meanwhile, the State secretary of the Communist Party of India (M) Mohammad Yousuf Targami and People Democratic Party (PDP) general secretary Nizam Uddin Bhat has demanded insurance cover to fruits in view of the hailstorm and other natural calamities.

They said torrential rains and hailstorm has extensively damaged orchards.

They demanded that a team of experts be deputed to hailstorm affected areas to assess the losses and accordingly the relief should be granted to the farmers.


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