SRINAGAR:- Hailstorm wreaked havoc in many villages here causing extensive damage to apple orchards on today afternoon.
Reports from kralpora Trehgam Kupwara, Ramhal, Hardoona, Darbal,Kunal, Taratpora, Naleem, Yahama Lawoosa , Haril Monabal , Qalamabad , Audoora , Shahnagri, Prangroo Chontipora Batagund etc. the hailstorm started at 6.01 PM and lasted for about ten minutes.
A local Javid Ah Badana told API that strong hailstorm continued for about 10 minutes which resulted in heavy damage to crops like apple, Rice saplings and other fruits.
“This year, we expected a good crop as our orchards seemed to be abundant in apples, but the hail storms have not only dashed our hopes, but also left the orchardists in desperation,” said Nazir Ahmad khatana a resident of Monabal village in Kupwara. He urged the government to help them as they had suffered huge losses for the past many years.
In the nearby village of langate and Qaziabad damage to the apple orchards has also been reported