Hailstorm, rains damage crops in south Kashmir

Aman Malik

Anantnag, May 18: Hailstorm and heavy rains wrecked havoc in several areas of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district in the intervening night of Thursday-Friday.
According to reports, with the hailstorm and heavy rains during the previous night, standing crops including Apple orchards, almond flowers and vegetables were damaged in Hanji Danter, Malik Pora Monghall, Nawathoo Chirhama Pushwara,Bonogam, Brinty Dailgam, Ashmuji, and other areas of South Kashmir’s Kulgam and Anantnag districts.
The districts witness heavy rains as well as hailstorm in the intervening night of Thursday-Friday at around 03.15 PM, which continued for at least 5 minutes thereby resulted in the tremendous loss to farmers and fruit growers.
According to reports, the farmers and fruit growers of the said districts suffered at least 60 to 70 percent damage due to heavy hailstorm.
The farmers as well as the fruit growers appealed the state government to depute their teams to assess the damage caused by heavy rains and hailstorm.
They also demanded compensation to the affected farmers and fruit growers.