Hailstorm, heavy rains lash Srinagar parts

Hailstorm, heavy rains lash Srinagar parts

Srinagar, Jun 17: Hailstorm followed by incessant rain lashed summer capital, Srinagar, and other parts of Kashmir valley, resulting in damage to fruit crops and vegetables.
Meanwhile, a weather warning has been issued for Monday and Tuesday in the valley, which would experience isolated thundershowers and hailstorm with gusty winds with a speed of 30 to 40 km per hour.
A Met department spokesperson said that the weather will remain wet under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) during the next four days. “The maximum temperature is expected to dip below normal due to rain and overcast conditions in the valley,” he added.
Panic gripped Srinagar, particularly in civil lines and uptown due to strong winds, followed by hailstorm and heavy rain for about half-an-hour. Opening fields, gardens and roads turned white in area in Srinagar, where the temperature witnessed dip due to hailstorm and incessant rain. Majority of the roads were waterlogged in the city, resulting in difficulties for the pedestrian to move on the roads.
People alleged that vegetables in kitchen gardens and city outskirts, particularly towards central Kashmir, were damaged due to the hailstorm.
Fruit and vegetable crops were also damaged in several areas in the valley due to hailstorm and heavy rain on Monday evening.
Lightning kills two persons
Two persons including a teenage girl died while another sustained injuries on Monday after lightning struck them at different places in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district and Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
An 18-year-old girl died while her brother was injured after lightning struck them at Najan village Sumbal area in Bandipora district on Monday afternoon.
Reports said that a teenage girl was outside her house in Najan village of Sumbal when she was struck by the lightning, resulting in her on spot death. It added that her brother was also injured in this incident who has been shifted to the hospital for treatment.
The deceased was identified as Fatima Bano, 18, daughter of Muhammad Sikander Malla of Najan village of Sumbal. A police officer also confirmed the death of teenage girl. Meanwhile, a middle aged man died due to lightning at Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
Reports said that Mohammed Yousuf Mir, son Abdul Aziz Mir of Bakura village of Ganderbal died due to lightning. Reports added that he died on spot after lightning struck him while he was working outside his home in his paddy fields at Bakura village.
Official sources also confirmed his death while as police has started further investigations into the matter. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal has deputed Revenue and police authorities to the location. (KNO)