Hailstorm hits Pulwama villages

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Qayoom Khan

SRINAGAR:- Hailstorm wreaked havoc in many villages here causing extensive damage to apple orchards on Friday afternoon.

Reports from Goosu, Frasipora, Rahmoo, Karimabad and the hailstorm started at 2.20 PM and lasted for about ten minutes.

A local Mohammad Akbar Dar told Kashmir Glory said that strong hailstorm continued for about 10 minutes which resulted in heavy damage to crops like apple, Almond 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 Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Tujan village in Pulwama. He urged the government to help them as they had suffered huge losses for the past many years.

In the nearby village of Kamrazipora and Mirgund Pulwama, damage to the apple orchards has also been reported.